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    Aaron Hadlow: A kiteboarding pioneer

    Aaron Hadlow: A kiteboarding pioneer

    Alasdair Hooper hosts the latest episode of SportSpiel featuring British kiteboarder Aaron Hadlow.




    While it may be a powerful description, it’s fair to say Aaron is something of a pioneer in his sport.




    The 33-year-old is a five-time world champion and has been dominant in kiteboarding since 2004.




    But the transformation the sport has experienced in that time has been massive and Aaron has played a key part in that.




    The enthusiasm he has for pushing his sport shines through in this podcast interview, the passion is unmistakeable and that’s obviously a key factor to his success when he has been involved for so long.




    Aaron spoke to SportSpiel in the lead-up to the Red Bull King of the Air competition, taking place between November 18 and December 3 out in Cape Town in South Africa.




    It’s a competition Aaron has won twice, in 2015 and 2016, and he will certainly be looking to reclaim his crown.




    But away from that competition he gives us a rundown all about his sport in this podcast episode as well as how it has made him into the man he is today.




    He also tells how much he’s changed over the years, the key lessons he learned during periods of injury as well as how much further the sport can progress in the future.

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    • 45 min
    Laura Sugar: 'Every person is a human being - disability or not'

    Laura Sugar: 'Every person is a human being - disability or not'

    Will Moulton hosts the latest episode of SportSpiel with returning guest - and Paralympic champion - Laura Sugar.




    For most people the chance to represent your country in just one sport would be enough. 




    But Laura has had the chance to do it across three different events.




    After playing hockey for Wales, and then transitioning into athletics where she represented Team GB at the Rio Paralympics, she then became a world-class para-canoe athlete.




    At Tokyo 2020, barely 24 months after setting her first paddle in the water in anger, she became Paralympic champion before going on to win a world title just two weeks later.





    In her return to the podcast we focus on how her saying 'yes' has helped her achieve that incredible double gold.




    The Mintridge Foundation ambassador also talks about the need to increase awareness around para-sport and disabilities in general, and how we can help children realise that elite athletes are human - and what they do can be emulated.

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    • 1 hr 7 min
    Kate French: ‘Some people excel in one discipline – I’m just average in all of them!'

    Kate French: ‘Some people excel in one discipline – I’m just average in all of them!'

    Will Moulton hosts the latest episode of SportSpiel with Olympic gold medallist Kate French.




    The Modern Pentathlon star was part of a historic moment at Tokyo 2020 when her gold medal, along with fellow Brit Joe Choong’s own brilliant win, meant it was the first time a nation had claimed victory in both the men’s and women’s event.




    The fierce competitor is a humble individual however, in her words, while some people may excel in one of the five disciplines within Modern Pentathlon she likes to say she’s ‘average in all of them’.




    What certainly isn’t average is what Kate French has been able to do for her sport and that only looks set to continue in the future.




    On this episode of the podcast, she tells all about how she got into one of the most unique sports in the world and how spending time with a previous Olympic medallist inspired her to drive for the sport’s greatest stage.




    She also gives us a detailed rundown of how she took gold out in Tokyo and why it is so important to inspire the next generation.

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    • 52 min
    Joe Choong: Bringing Modern Pentathlon onto the scene

    Joe Choong: Bringing Modern Pentathlon onto the scene

    Modern pentathlete Joe Choong was one of the stars of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.




    The 26-year-old stormed to victory to become the first ever British man to win gold in the Modern Pentathlon. 




    It came after fellow Brit Kate French won gold in the women’s event to make it a truly historic moment – the first time a nation has won both.




    For Joe that completed a mammoth journey, from – in his words – messing up at Rio 2016, to having to deal with the pandemic and all the stresses and mental battles that came with it.




    But Joe is not going to let this moment pass by – it’s one he wants to seize so he can push Modern Pentathlon as a sport far and wide. 




    Momentum is a powerful thing after all and that incredible performance out in Tokyo could help pave the way for the next stars of the sport to come through. 




    It was a real pleasure to welcome Joe onto this episode of SportSpiel, as we touch on the journey to gold, the mental battles that came with it and the Modern Pentathlon brotherhood.

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    • 32 min
    Mallory Franklin: 'I was the kid that wouldn’t say yes to the register'

    Mallory Franklin: 'I was the kid that wouldn’t say yes to the register'

    Alasdair Hooper hosts the latest episode of SportSpiel with Tokyo 2020 silver medalist Mallory Franklin.




    The canoe slalom paddler has every right to be recognised for what she has achieved in her sport.




    In 2018, she became Britain’s most successful female canoeist and she is a former C1 European and World Cup champion. She followed up that Tokyo silver medal with a K1 World Cup silver medal at the start of September.




    Behind the scenes however she is a real perfectionist, and that can sometimes be a real detriment to how much pressure you put on yourself and the anxiety that goes with it.




    When lockdown one hit at the start of the pandemic, that enforced break led Mallory into unpicking the reasons behind that anxiety and getting her mind into a better place.




    Much of this episode homes in on the mental side as Mallory opens up and takes us through her journey to appreciating and being in the moment, as well as learning to separate self-worth from your performance.




    She also tells us about the equality journey women’s C1 has come on as well as the importance of sport as a whole.




    For someone who grew up as the ‘kid that wouldn’t say yes to the register’ her sport has played a vital role in making her the person she is today.

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    • 44 min
    Bobby Copping: ‘I went up for a header and could never play football again’

    Bobby Copping: ‘I went up for a header and could never play football again’

    Alasdair Hooper hosts the latest episode of SportSpiel with former Peterborough United footballer Bobby Copping.




    Just over a year ago, in July 2020, the Peterborough youngster went up for a routine header in training.




    He landed and his vision went. He’d suffered a mini seizure and went on to spend four days recovering in hospital.




    The defender hoped it was a one-off incident and he fought his way back to full fitness. But, in his comeback game, he went for a header in the warm-up and it happened again.




    At the age of 19 Bobby was forced to retire as a result.




    Unsurprisingly, that was an incredibly tough thing to deal with having worked so hard up until that point in his career only for it all to be turned upside down.




    With one header it had all ended.




    Bobby takes us through those events in this episode of the podcast as well as the incredible mental challenge that came after that sudden retirement.




    But he has also worked relentlessly to move forward in life and, with the help of Peterborough United, he has plenty of roles within the club to keep him busy.




    He’s also using his experiences as a force for good and earlier this year launched the Bobby Copping Foundation, with the aim to become an independently funded organisation to help players, their families and staff in elite sport.




    He has also recently become an ambassador for our charity partners The Mintridge Foundation as he tries to spread his message further.

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    • 38 min

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