Interviews from female sport role models will share how sports have provided inspiration for achievement in all aspects of life, how sports build community and connection, how to respond to adversity and how sports help prepare for success.
Frances Arnautou - Volleyball for Yale, Pro in Greece, Music
“Pressure to an extent is derived from people believing in you and believing in your capability to win. Pressure is an opportunity to meet expectations, rather than a negative thing that would cause stress”
Frances Arnautou is wise beyond her years. Frances recently graduated from Yale where she played indoor volleyball as the setter, and was honored with awards that we’ll touch on. After graduating in 2020 she went on to play pro volleyball in Greece. Now she’s delving into the world of music – she sings, plays guitar, writes and produces under the name of Frances Lee. She's on Instagram: @frannybanany and find more info on @ewtspod, so be sure to follow!
Franny with Lebron: In our discussion you'll hear about Franny's interaction with LeBron, it is really fun!
Robin Farina-Pro cyclist, Endurance Coach, Bike adventures
As you may know by now, this podcast is an inspirational tool, and illustrates through an athlete’s eye how beneficial sports can be throughout life.
We hear from our interviewees how sports build confidence, and that through working together as a team, we can achieve great things.
In this episode, I have the absolute pleasure of speaking with Robin Farina, a former professional cyclist who has transformed her cycling career and love of sports into full time endurance coaching. Robin will share some insights on her coaching methods to helps us all in achieving our goals.
Robin also loves travel, food and wine – a great combination! - and she has incorporated bike and wine tours to cycling-centric places around the world. Robin truly embodies all of the attributes we acquire from sports.
Sailing Surfer - Captain Liz Clark
If overcoming adversity makes us stronger, Liz Clark is superhuman.
In 2005, Liz left California's Santa Barbara harbor aboard SWELL, her 40’ sailboat in search of remote surf breaks from Mexico through Central America, Galapagos, French Polynesia and beyond. Every surfer’s dream, right? Well, this transoceanic wave hunt was an invite for adversity with the navigational, mechanical, gnarly weather and forecasting challenges, injuries, and illnesses. Add to that the cross cultural and gender barriers when entering foreign countries as a female solo-sailing captain. In her book - "Swell – A Sailing Surfer’s Voyage of Awakening", she goes well beyond what we can cover in this episode. I feel so fortunate to have reached her for this interview and I’m excited to share our discussion with you.
Snowboarding - Kimmy Fasani
Kimmy Fasani - Snowboarder, athlete, business owner, co-author of cookbook, mother of 2! Kimmy has been a leader in women’s snowboarding since she became the first female snowboarder to land a double backflip in the park and the powder in 2011. Since then, Kimmy has appeared in dozens of snowboarding film segments, graced the cover and pages of snowboarding magazines, promotes many brands as a sponsored rider and continues to push the level of progression in her sport. As a mother, she still travels and promotes the companies she rides for and they have stepped up as well, to embrace her choice to be a mom and athlete.
Basketball - Crystal Robinson, WNBA player, coach, author
This episode is about succeeding against the odds, and persevering through extremely challenging times. Crystal Robinson is a tremendous athlete. She is a multiple award winning, barrier breaking, hall of fame professional WNBA basketball player, she is considered the best player to ever come out of Oklahoma. Crystal took her basketball IQ and translated it into coaching for the WNBA and transforming college and high school programs. Crystal has written a new book, called Finding Myself – It’s a memoir of her life. Through Crystal’s journey, she has been able to draw courage from adversity, overcome major challenges in her life to achieve a high level in her sport and career, and she is a role model and leader for girls in sports.
Ski & Bike - Kel & Mel, Freeheel and Wheel specialty outdoor retail
Love to ski and bike? How about working with your best friend? Well, that’s what Kelli Hart and Melissa Alder are doing. They own a specialty ski and bike shop in West Yellowstone. This episode is about how our love for sports can lead us to follow our passions into business and a career. Through sports and teams, we make meaningful friendships and create deep rooted relationships with like-minded people.
Empowering Women Through Sports
I am loving this podcast! It’s so interesting to hear these women’s stories and how their involvement in sports helped shape them into fierce and confident women. Being a former gymnast, I especially related to the story of Carmen Curtis. Alison does a fabulous job keeping the conversation flowing and on point. Well done!
Empowering woman through sports
This is an AMAZING podcast! Alison Ferguson does a fantastic job of finding these accomplished athletes & interviewing them. I sooooo look forward to listening to the next episode! Thank you, Alison!