Voice in Sport® is on a mission to bring more visibility to female athletes and elevate their voice. Sport Industry Executive, Advocate, Former Athlete and Founder of VIS®, Stef Strack explores the journey of female athletes by sharing untold stories on topics rarely discussed like mental health, body image, female specific sports science and nutrition. Stef hosts a conversation with female athletes, at all levels, inspiring us all to raise our voice, keep playing and change more than just the game.
Episode 96. Andi Sullivan- Building Confidence & Improving Your Mental Approach To Injuries with USWNT Player Andi Sullivan
Andi Sullivan, professional soccer player, captain of the Washington Spirit, collegiate national champion, and Hermann trophy winner shares her journey in soccer. She takes us through her experience through the US Women’s National team programs from her early teens and then as only one of six players to land a spot on the women’s world cup roster before attending college. Andi highlights the importance of prioritizing mental health as she shares her recruitment process at a young age and how she overcame injuries. Andi shares important advice on how to build confidence through value-driven progress rather than result or statistic based metrics. Andi urges us to focus on our individual narratives, all the while bringing up the people around us to create stronger communities and teams!
“Even when things were difficult and frustrating… every day I’d drive to the facility and say: I can control my attitude and my effort”. -Andi Sullivan
Episode 95. Champion Race Car Driver on Sexism, Fighting for Sponsorships, and Training for a 4-hour Race!
Julia Landauer, Champion Race Car Driver and VIS League Mentor speaks about her journey with sexism in racing, sponsorships and dealing with bad races! Julia is an incredibly accomplished competitor in a sport where women and men compete against each other. She was the first and youngest woman to win the Skip Barber racing series at 14 years old, and was the only female to be invited to the 2016 NASCAR Next Program. Julia is currently racing in the Xfinity Series for Alpha Prime Racing, and was the only woman at her debut race in July 2022. Today, she explains how to navigate a male dominated sport that is so reliant on sponsorships, and shares so many wise tips on male allyship for women athletes!
“Focus on where you wanna be and then you'll have a better chance of getting there.” - Julia Landauer
Episode 94- Blake Bolden- Breaking Down Racial Barriers in Ice Hockey!
Blake Bolden is a professional Ice Hockey player for the Boston Blades, where she won two national titles and works to pave the way in the sport for young black girls such as herself. She is also an NHL reporter on ESPN and a professional scout as well as a growth and inclusion specialist for the LA Kings!
In this podcast, Blake discusses her journey with ice hockey from a young age to her mid-thirties and her struggles to fit in, accept who she was, and deal with the ups and downs that come with being an elite athlete.
“Just tell yourself you can do this, you can be bold and face whatever fear, whatever doubt. Just face it, head on.” - Blake Bolden
Episode 93- How Your Period Enhances Your Performance with Dr. Stacy Sims!
Dr. Stacy Sims, VIS Expert, a performance physiologist and researcher specializing in women athletes, shares the science behind periods and performance.
As a former runner, rower, and cyclist, Stacy dove into studying movement and sports sciences at Purdue University. In her Master’s program, Stacy researched sex differences and overtraining in women athletes. As a professional, Stacy has directed research programs at Stanford, AUT University, and the University of Waikato that focus on women athlete health and performance.
In today’s episode, Stacy brings her expertise and experiences as an athlete to share her research and work about menstrual cycles, training, and nutrition. We also discuss the underrepresentation of women in scientific studies, the misconceptions about women’s physiology, and the myths relating to our periods.
“At any point in the menstrual cycle, you can come and bring your A-game.” - Dr. Stacy Sims.
Episode 92- Sierra Brooks on Leadership within a Team & Preparing for your Career as a D1 Athlete
Sierra Brooks, a gymnast at the University of Michigan, NCAA Champion, 2022 Big 10 Gymnast of the Year, and 13x All-American shares with us her dedicated relationship with athletics and academics. As a highly competitive gymnast and also an avid learner, Sierra gives us great advice on how we can better ourselves inside and outside of sport. Sierra also encourages us to seize career and professional opportunities to better understand ourselves and interests. With a focus on the importance of relationships, Sierra shares just how crucial our support systems are.
“Once you really buy into the mindset that you're doing things as a team, you're more successful individually” -Sierra Brooks.
BONUS: Episode 91 - Chari Hawkins on the "30 Days with Chari" Mental Strengthening Program!
Chari Hawkins, the 2022 US Indoor Champion in the Heptathlon, and creator of the “30 Days with Chari” program, talks about mental health and the importance of this program for young athletes in the VIS community. ‘30 Days with Chari’ is a 30-day mental and physical strengthening plan. Each day participants accomplish three tasks: listening to a podcast hosted by Chari, completing a fun mental challenge, and crushing a workout.
On today’s episode, Chari breaks down three days: accountability, dreaming big, and purposeful rest.
“I think a lot of people who win and who get their goals have a little bit of a secret sauce and I think it's that they have a little bit more control over their mind, especially within their sport.” - Chari Hawkins.
Head to charihawkins.com to check out the program! Today, VIS listeners can get 33% off with code “VIS” at checkout.
I loved these!
I founds these to be so motivational and inspiring! Keep it up :)
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I love how it’s amplifying so many women athletes experiences. As a women athlete myself, I think it’s great to see more spaces for uplifting women’s voices!! Will always give this podcast a listen 🤞😁
definitely one of my favorite podcast!! 👍🏻