100 episodes

In this award-winning podcast Sue Anstiss talks to trailblazers in women sport.

These are the individuals who are knocking down barriers and challenging the status quo for women and girls everywhere.

Along with openly sharing their historic careers, what drives them and how they’ve dealt with tough challenges, each episode explores key issues for equality in sport and beyond.

We’re incredibly grateful to Sport England who support The Game Changers through a National Lottery award.

You can find out more at https://www.fearlesswomen.co.uk/thegamechangers

The Game Changers podcast: Fearless Women in Sport

The Game Changers Sue Anstiss

    • Sports
    • 4.9 • 243 Ratings

In this award-winning podcast Sue Anstiss talks to trailblazers in women sport.

These are the individuals who are knocking down barriers and challenging the status quo for women and girls everywhere.

Along with openly sharing their historic careers, what drives them and how they’ve dealt with tough challenges, each episode explores key issues for equality in sport and beyond.

We’re incredibly grateful to Sport England who support The Game Changers through a National Lottery award.

You can find out more at https://www.fearlesswomen.co.uk/thegamechangers

The Game Changers podcast: Fearless Women in Sport

    Ali Donnelly: The real story of women's rugby

    Ali Donnelly: The real story of women's rugby

    Ali Donnelly is Executive Director of Digital, Marketing and Communications at Sport England.  
    She is a former Senior Civil Servant, who worked at Downing Street where she was the Prime Minister's Deputy Official Spokesperson and the Head of News.
    Ali was previously Head of Communications at Premiership Rugby club Wasps and has also worked in media and public affairs roles at the BBC have started her career as a journalist at the Evening Echo newspaper in Ireland. 
    A passionate women's rugby fan and campaigner Ali also runs the award-winning website Scrumqueens and is Director of Women's Rugby at Teddington and a member of the RFU’s Rugby Growth Committee. Her new book is called: 'Scrum Queens - The History of Women's Rugby'. 
    Along with exploring Ali’s career pathway in sport and business, we review the current state of play for women’s rugby and the potential with 2025 World Cup on the horizon in England. What more needs to change for equality in women’s sport and to ensure young women don’t stop being active in their teenage age years?
    Thanks to Sport England who support The Game Changers through the National Lottery.
    Executive Producer – Sam Walker
    Host – Sue Anstiss @sueanstiss 
    A Fearless Women production

    • 48 min
    Jodie Cunningham: Women leading the way in rugby league

    Jodie Cunningham: Women leading the way in rugby league

    Jodie Cunningham is one of Rugby League’s most recognisable stars playing for St Helens and England. 
    She was named Woman of Steel for her incredible form during Saint's treble winning season in 2021, and, having represented England in two world cups, she's now working towards her third as England compete in the Rugby League world cup on home soil this autumn.
    A huge advocate for women's sport and equality in the UK, Jodie now works full-time at the RFL as a National Women's and Girls’ Development Manager and is also an ambassador for the Rugby League World Cup.
    We explore why physical sports like Rugby League are becoming so appealing to young women, the impact of the Super League and TV coverage on the growth of the women’s game and what it will take for the sport to finally become professional so that the women can be paid to play in the same way as their male colleagues. 
    Thanks to Sport England who support The Game Changers through the National Lottery.
    Executive Producer – Sam Walker
    Host – Sue Anstiss @sueanstiss 
    A Fearless Women production

    • 40 min
    Alice Dearing: Changing the narrative in swimming

    Alice Dearing: Changing the narrative in swimming

    Alice Dearing is one of the world's top marathon swimmers and a true game changer in the sport. In 2021 she became the first black woman to swim for Great Britain at an Olympic Games, representing a huge milestone for diversity in the sport. 
    Alice is also co-founder of the Black Swimming Association, an organisation that advocates for water, safety and inclusion for Black and Asian minorities within swimming. 

    Her passion for diversity and inclusion has seen her recognised globally as an advocate for change. 
    Alice talks about her journey as a Black swimmer and how she transitioned into Marathon swimming. We explore the work of the Black Swimming Association and how they are working to overcome some of the societal myths about Black swimmers. 
    We hear why Alice thinks it’s important to step forward and change perceptions as a role model for others and her plans for the future… including Paris 2024.
    Find out more about the Black Swimming Association here: https://thebsa.co.uk/
    Thanks to Sport England who support The Game Changers through the National Lottery.
    Executive Producer – Sam Walker
    Host – Sue Anstiss @sueanstiss 
    A Fearless Women production

    • 44 min
    Radha Balani: How sport changes women lives across the world

    Radha Balani: How sport changes women lives across the world

    Radha Balani is a much-respected industry professional who's having a huge impact in the sport for development arena.
    Radha started her career in the university sports sector before working for leading organisations in sport, including the Football Foundation, Women in Sport, London Sport, and now as co-Managing Director of Think Beyond.
    It’s a fascinating conversation as we explore the world of Sport for Development and how sport can be used intentionally to transform the lives of women and girls. 
    We explore Radha’s diverse career in sports leadership, and how organisations like BUCS, the Football Foundation and Women in Sport are driving change for grassroots participation. 
    Radha highlights the growing trend for athletes to use their profile to drive social change whilst still competing and we also touch on the need to recognise the mental health issues facing many elite athletes today.  
    Thanks to Sport England who support The Game Changers through the National Lottery.
    Executive Producer – Sam Walker
    Host – Sue Anstiss @sueanstiss 
    A Fearless Women production

    • 45 min
    Meghan MacLaren: Fighting for gender parity in golf

    Meghan MacLaren: Fighting for gender parity in golf

    Meghan MacLaren, is a hugely successful professional golfer, and significant voice in the sport, commenting on the game and the culture that surrounds it through her hugely popular blog and social media presence. Meg graduated from Florida University in 2016 with a degree in English and Political Science, along with seven Division 1 College Golf victories. She was a member of the victorious 2016 Curtis Cp team, won two ladies European tour Access Events and in 2017 received the LET order of merit. She's a three-time winner on the Ladies European Tour, a winner on the LPGA Symetra tour in the US and is currently ranked sixth on the Ladies European Tour order of merit. Meg is incredibly passionate about gender parity in golf and women’s sport, which forms the basis of much of our conversation. We explore Meg’s path into professional golf and why the pay, coverage and opportunities for the women’s game are still so far behind men’s. Meg talks candidly about why she turned down the opportunity to play in a Saudi backed LET event last year and how the new LIV series could potentially impact the future of the game. We talk wider diversity in golf, changes at the LPGA and her plans for the future both as a professional player and beyond. Thanks to Sport England who support The Game Changers through the National Lottery. Executive Producer – Sam Walker Host – Sue Anstiss @sueanstiss A Fearless Women production

    • 39 min
    Fiona Morgan: Using sport to drive sustainability

    Fiona Morgan: Using sport to drive sustainability

    Fiona Morgan is SailGP’s director of purpose and impact, who's driving the championship’s commitment to a better future and a better sport.
    She's been instrumental in creating the pioneering ‘impact league’, Sail GP’s world first initiative to make sustainability essential to the fabric of sport.
    With nearly 20 years’ experience in the sports industry, Fi has an exceptional track record of shaping social impact strategy and delivering campaigns for some of the world's most high-profile sports brands. 
    She's worked with a host of global athletes throughout her career from tennis legend Chris Everet, through to David Beckham and Bradley Wiggins, and was also responsible for developing the commercial strategy for the London 2012 Olympic games. 
    Fi believes deeply in the power of sport to drive wellbeing and to ensure a better world.
    We explore sustainability developments at SailGP and they are also impacting other sports and what’s being done for gender equality in sailing and more widely across sports.
    Fi talks openly about her own career in commercial sports and how she finds balance as a senior woman who’s also raising a young family along, with sitting on various boards including The Hundred’s Manchester Originals.
    Thanks to Sport England who support The Game Changers through the National Lottery.
    Executive Producer – Sam Walker
    Host – Sue Anstiss @sueanstiss 
    A Fearless Women production

    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
243 Ratings

243 Ratings

Rebecca Lucy Locke ,

The best

Love everything about this. Sue is a fabulous host with an amazing array of guests. Couldn’t recommend this podcast more

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Jessica Creighton interview

What a wonderful person
Really fascinating interview

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Gail Newsham Interview

As a football loving girl growing up in Preston in the 80s and 90s I had heard lots about Dick Kerr ladies. Listening to Gails interview has brought back so many memories of playing in the north west as a tiny 14yr old girl, as well as reminding me of how inspiring the Dick Kerr ladies were and are still today. Thanks for a wonderful interview and thanks Gail for continuing to tell the story.

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