The podcast of Christians in Sport - the movement of competitors, coaches and officials which exists to reach the world of sport for Christ.
Featuring interviews with people from the world of elite sport - from Olympians to major golf winners, Premier League footballers to high level athletes - we seek to find out how they connect their sport and faith together.
We also deal with some of the key questions you might have as a Christian in the world of sport with #AskCIS.
AskCIS #18 | Should Christian sportspeople boycott events in controversial places?
The Winter Olympics begin in Beijing on Friday under a mountain of controversy.
Beijing 2022 is not the only event suffering from allegations of human rights abuses and questions about whether they should have been awarded a major sports event. The FIFA World Cup next year in Qatar has also had large voices of opposition due to the poor treatment of migrant workers building the stadiums and accusations of slave labour.
When a governing body chooses to compete however, is there anything an athlete should consider if they follow Jesus? Whilst it was definitely not the athlete’s choice to select Beijing to host the games, they are the ones now facing questions about whether it is right to compete there and what to do when they arrive if they do.
The letter of 1 Peter can help us think through how Christians should engage in our world as it was written to Christians feeling exiled and marginalised in the world and unsure how to act in it. Five truths from 1 Peter 2:9-17 can help us think through this issue.
E48 - Jake Peacock: Mixing Muay Thai Boxing with Christian Faith
At 19 years of age Jake threw in the towel. He gave up competing as a fighter, but this wasn’t the only life change that occurred during his late teens. Join Danno as he chats to Jake about discovering his gift as a young martial artist, becoming North American and European Champion in Muay Thai, and the compatibility of combat sports with faith in Christ.
E47 - Suzanne Ferreira: Coach to paralympians
Today's guest is Dr Suzanne Ferreira from Stellenbosch, South Africa.
She's won 70 plus medals, through the athletes she coaches, at the Paralympic Games, the World Championships, the All-Africa Games, the Commonwealth Games.
She's been at the Paralympics as a coach in Beijing 2008, London 2021, Rio 2016 and the International Paralympic Committee World Championships in 2006, 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2017.
She's been the the Western Cape coach of the year nearly every year since 2012 and finalist in the Coach of the Year for South Africa in 2008, 2016 and 2018.
Currently she's out in Tokyo coaching at the Paralympics.
In this episode, Graham Daniels speaks to her about her coaching philosophy and how her faith impacts how she trains elite athletes.
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E46 - Anna Tipton: Paralympian goal-ball player
Danno sits down with Paralympic goal-ball player Anna Tipton (nee Sharkey).
She played in eight European Championships, two World Championships and also competed in the Paralympics at London 2012.
In this interview she speaks about how she got into goal-ball, the nature of elite sport and its challenges and how her faith shapes how she views her sport and her disability.
AskCIS #17 | How can I deal with disappointment in my sport? | with Adam Pengilly and Debbie Flood
We all get disappointed in our sport don't we? Whether it's from injury, loss of form or not being renewed for another year, sport is full of lows, probably more often than the highs.
So we've got four-time Olympian Debbie Flood, and two-time Winter Olympian Adam Pengilly into to chat about their experiences of facing huge disappointments in their sports, and how they've come to process them and now help others do the same.
As it's the Christians in Sport podcast, our overarching question is how can we navigate disappointment as a Christian in the world of sport? What comfort does God offer to those struggling?
Listen in to this really useful interview for all sportspeople.
E45 - James Hope-Gill: Skateboard GB and the Olympic Games
The CEO of Skateboard GB, James Hope-Gill joins us today, on the day Sky Brown won bronze at Tokyo 2020 to become the youngest ever British medallist.
In a fascinating short conversation, he explains the distinct culture that skateboarding has, how he's helped form a governing body from scratch and how his faith impacts his work.
I like it a lot
Would recommend this podcast for everyone who has a huge love of sports whether Christian or not- extremely insightful. Great work guys!
A great listen; and so, so useful
Really appreciate time, work, and wisdom that goes into the CiS podcast. Great detail, easy to digest and remember. Great opportunity to share with both Christians and those not-yet.