5 episodes

Each episode, journalist Molly McElwee and guest co-host Paralympic champion Lauren Rowles MBE invite extraordinary women athletes, coaches and leaders in sport onto the show. 
They’ll be sharing the stories that have defined their careers, including how they found ways to smash through barriers and succeed regardless. 
From difficult injuries, to living life online as an athlete, to finding their way in a male-dominated industry, these incredible women will be sharing what they’ve learned along the way. 

Off The Bench: The Women’s Sport Podcast 2Tone Creative / Footwork Media

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Each episode, journalist Molly McElwee and guest co-host Paralympic champion Lauren Rowles MBE invite extraordinary women athletes, coaches and leaders in sport onto the show. 
They’ll be sharing the stories that have defined their careers, including how they found ways to smash through barriers and succeed regardless. 
From difficult injuries, to living life online as an athlete, to finding their way in a male-dominated industry, these incredible women will be sharing what they’ve learned along the way. 

    Billie Jean King

    Billie Jean King

    Billie Jean King won 39 Grand Slam tennis titles during her career, but made her name through her fight for equality on and off the court. 
    She is one of the founders of the Women’s Tennis Association, inspired the world with her Battle of the Sexes win over Bobby Riggs, is an LGBTQ+ icon and was one of the pioneers who fought for equal prize money in tennis more than 50 years ago. Along with her partner Ilana Kloss, she is also part of the ownership group for a number of sports teams and is involved in the launch of a new women’s hockey league in North America too. 
    Ahead of her milestone 80th birthday, Molly caught up with Billie at the Billie Jean King Cup Finals in Seville, where they reflected on her life's work and discussed her hopes for the future of women’s sport.
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    • 34 min
    Shaunagh Brown

    Shaunagh Brown

    Shaunagh made her name after her rousing speech about women’s rugby just after winning the Premier 15s domestic title went viral in 2021. Now, after just a few months away from playing, she has u-turned on her decision to retire and will return to rugby in the autumn.
    Always a leader on and off the pitch, Molly and Lauren ask her about what it is like to be a sport’s poster girl, switching from athletics to rugby relatively late in life, and dealing with the constant stereotypes being thrown her way.
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    • 57 min
    Orla Chennaoui

    Orla Chennaoui

    Orla fronts Eurosport’s cycling and Olympic coverage, is due to begin a new stint as TNT’s rugby union presenter, and is also the founder of motivational wellbeing platform Ten Times Braver. 
    In a lively discussion with Molly and Lauren, Orla outlines how she navigated her way through obstacles in sports broadcasting - including sexual assault/harassment - and how she learned to block out the fear of judgment to express herself through her sense of style.
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    • 44 min
    Katherine Sciver-Brunt

    Katherine Sciver-Brunt

    England’s legendary fast bowler Katherine Sciver-Brunt is only just coming to grips with her impending retirement, and she joins Off The Bench to reflect on her astounding career in an emotional episode.
    During 19 years in an England shirt, Sciver-Brunt won three World Cups, four Ashes, and took 335 wickets - the highest tally in the history of English women’s cricket. 
    She had to overcome challenges along the way: the steep jump from amateur to professional cricket, her personal struggles alongside being an LGBTQ role model and facing retirement.
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    • 47 min
    This is Off The Bench: The Women’s Sport Podcast

    This is Off The Bench: The Women’s Sport Podcast

    Welcome to Off The Bench, where we have conversations with women in sport on moments they felt sidelined - and how they found ways to succeed and shine.
    Each week journalist Molly McElwee and Paralympic champion Lauren Rowles MBE invite extraordinary women athletes, coaches and leaders in sport onto the show. 
    They’ll be sharing the stories that have defined their careers, including how they found ways to smash through barriers and succeed regardless. 
    From difficult injuries, to living life online as an athlete, to finding their way in a male-dominated industry, these incredible women will be sharing what they’ve learned along the way.
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    • 2 min

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