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On Her Game with Sam Squiers

Sam Squiers speaks to elite sportswomen about their challenges, triumphs and setbacks

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Season 1


Ski Cross athlete Sami Kennedy Sim

What does it take to compete at the Winter Olympics nine months after having a stroke? For Ski Cross athlete Sami Kennedy Sim, it took consistent hard work, determination and unwavering belief that she would regain her strength and fitness in spite of experts telling her it wasn't possible. Sami grew up learning to ski in the NSW Snowy Mountains. She transitioned from alpine skiing to Ski Cross when she was 19 before competing at the 2014 Sochi Games and the 2018 PyeongChang Games. In between the two Games, and still in her early 20's, Sami suffered a stroke which forced her off the snow for months. In this episode, Sami joins host Sam Squiers from Canada, to discuss the challenges of being a winter athlete in the sunburnt country, the reality of chasing winter around the world, how a routine procedure on her knee triggered a stroke and her preparation for the 2022 Beijing Games.

Ski Cross athlete Sami Kennedy Sim

What does it take to compete at the Winter Olympics nine months after having a stroke? For Ski Cross athlete Sami Kennedy Sim, it took consistent hard work, determination and unwavering belief that she would regain her strength and fitness in spite of experts telling her it wasn't possible. Sami grew up learning to ski in the NSW Snowy Mountains. She transitioned from alpine skiing to Ski Cross when she was 19 before competing at the 2014 Sochi Games and the 2018 PyeongChang Games. In between the two Games, and still in her early 20's, Sami suffered a stroke which forced her off the snow for months. In this episode, Sami joins host Sam Squiers from Canada, to discuss the challenges of being a winter athlete in the sunburnt country, the reality of chasing winter around the world, how a routine procedure on her knee triggered a stroke and her preparation for the 2022 Beijing Games.

01:02:50

EP47 - S1

20 Jan 22

Wheeelchair racer Louise Sauvage OAM

Louise Sauvage didn't grow up with Paralympic ambitions but she has been breaking records and challenging stereotypes in Australian sport since she made her first international team at 16 years old. Louise grew up swimming and playing basketball but it's on the track where she made a name for herself. She took home 9 Paralympic Gold medals, won the Boston Marathon 4 times, she was inducted of the International Paralympic Hall of Fame and was awarded legend status in the Sport Australia Hall of Fame. Louise joins host Sam Squiers to discuss moving from shorter race distances into the marathon, retiring and transitioning to life as a coach, coaching Madison de Rozario to victory in the Tokyo Games and challenging airlines to become more accessible for wheelchair users.

Wheeelchair racer Louise Sauvage OAM

Louise Sauvage didn't grow up with Paralympic ambitions but she has been breaking records and challenging stereotypes in Australian sport since she made her first international team at 16 years old. Louise grew up swimming and playing basketball but it's on the track where she made a name for herself. She took home 9 Paralympic Gold medals, won the Boston Marathon 4 times, she was inducted of the International Paralympic Hall of Fame and was awarded legend status in the Sport Australia Hall of Fame. Louise joins host Sam Squiers to discuss moving from shorter race distances into the marathon, retiring and transitioning to life as a coach, coaching Madison de Rozario to victory in the Tokyo Games and challenging airlines to become more accessible for wheelchair users.

01:04:48

EP46 - S1

6 Jan 22

AFLW Player Jess Hosking

Growing up with a cleft lip and palate has given Richmond player, Jess Hosking, the strength and resilience to not only stand up for herself but empower others on their own cleft journeys. Around 700 babies are born with clefts in Australia each year, but Jess didn't know anyone else with a cleft when she was growing up. Now Jess has become the role model she was missing when she was a kid, using her platform to educate others about this common but rarely discussed birth condition. Jess joins host Sam Squiers to share the story of her cleft journey including multiple surgeries and bullying, spending the first year of AFLW on the sideline with an ACL injury, moving from Carlton to Richmond to play with her twin sister Sarah and her advocacy with charities CleftPALS and Interplast.

AFLW Player Jess Hosking

Growing up with a cleft lip and palate has given Richmond player, Jess Hosking, the strength and resilience to not only stand up for herself but empower others on their own cleft journeys. Around 700 babies are born with clefts in Australia each year, but Jess didn't know anyone else with a cleft when she was growing up. Now Jess has become the role model she was missing when she was a kid, using her platform to educate others about this common but rarely discussed birth condition. Jess joins host Sam Squiers to share the story of her cleft journey including multiple surgeries and bullying, spending the first year of AFLW on the sideline with an ACL injury, moving from Carlton to Richmond to play with her twin sister Sarah and her advocacy with charities CleftPALS and Interplast.

01:04:15

EP45 - S1

16 Dec 21

Swimmer Shayna Jack

Proving her innocence against claims she took performance enhancing drugs has been one of the toughest fights of Shayna Jack's career. But now that she's back in the pool, Shayna is ready to do whatever it takes to reach the top again. Shayna Jack is a Commonwealth Games gold medallist but in 2019, at the peak of her career, Shayna's world came crashing down when a banned substance was found in a routine drug test. Shayna spent the next two and a half years and over $100,000 proving her innocence before she was finally allowed to swim again this year.  Shayna joins host Sam Squiers to discuss winning gold in a star-studded relay team at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, training with legendary coach Dean Boxall, the lengths she went to to prove her innocence and her resolve to reach the peak of her swimming career again in spite of the years she spent out of the pool.

Swimmer Shayna Jack

Proving her innocence against claims she took performance enhancing drugs has been one of the toughest fights of Shayna Jack's career. But now that she's back in the pool, Shayna is ready to do whatever it takes to reach the top again. Shayna Jack is a Commonwealth Games gold medallist but in 2019, at the peak of her career, Shayna's world came crashing down when a banned substance was found in a routine drug test. Shayna spent the next two and a half years and over $100,000 proving her innocence before she was finally allowed to swim again this year.  Shayna joins host Sam Squiers to discuss winning gold in a star-studded relay team at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, training with legendary coach Dean Boxall, the lengths she went to to prove her innocence and her resolve to reach the peak of her swimming career again in spite of the years she spent out of the pool.

01:03:01

EP44 - S1

2 Dec 21

Soccer player Katrina Gorry

How do you balance a career as a professional athlete and your own desire to become a mum? Matildas and Brisbane Roar player Katrina Gorry wanted both and now she's successfully navigating returning to sport with her newborn daughter. Katrina Gorry joined the W League as a teenager. Since then she's played for teams in Japan, Norway and the United States and she was part of the Matildas team for the Rio Olympics. But the international sporting life has also taken its toll on Katrina, leaving her exhausted and battling an eating disorder. Katrina joins host Sam Squiers to discuss supporting, and being supported by, her younger brother with Down Syndrome, Dylan, the growth of the Matildas, overcoming her eating disorder through pregnancy and her decision to become a single mum to her daughter Harper.

Soccer player Katrina Gorry

How do you balance a career as a professional athlete and your own desire to become a mum? Matildas and Brisbane Roar player Katrina Gorry wanted both and now she's successfully navigating returning to sport with her newborn daughter. Katrina Gorry joined the W League as a teenager. Since then she's played for teams in Japan, Norway and the United States and she was part of the Matildas team for the Rio Olympics. But the international sporting life has also taken its toll on Katrina, leaving her exhausted and battling an eating disorder. Katrina joins host Sam Squiers to discuss supporting, and being supported by, her younger brother with Down Syndrome, Dylan, the growth of the Matildas, overcoming her eating disorder through pregnancy and her decision to become a single mum to her daughter Harper.

57:56

EP43 - S1

18 Nov 21

Marathon runner Sinéad Diver

Have you ever thought...maybe I'm naturally gifted at a sport but I just haven't found the right one? That's the incredible story of Olympian Sinéad Diver. Sinéad ran her first marathon in 2014 in a time that qualified her for the Beijing World Championships. Since then she has placed 5th at the New York Marathon, set the course record for the Melbourne Marathon and finished 10th at the Tokyo Games earlier this year. But Irish-born Sinead didn't pick up competitive running until her 30's after having two kids. Sinéad joins host Sam Squiers to discuss being discouraged from playing sport as a kid in Ireland, realising she was a skilled runner, challenging misconceptions about her age and setting her sights on the Paris Games and the Australian record.

Marathon runner Sinéad Diver

Have you ever thought...maybe I'm naturally gifted at a sport but I just haven't found the right one? That's the incredible story of Olympian Sinéad Diver. Sinéad ran her first marathon in 2014 in a time that qualified her for the Beijing World Championships. Since then she has placed 5th at the New York Marathon, set the course record for the Melbourne Marathon and finished 10th at the Tokyo Games earlier this year. But Irish-born Sinead didn't pick up competitive running until her 30's after having two kids. Sinéad joins host Sam Squiers to discuss being discouraged from playing sport as a kid in Ireland, realising she was a skilled runner, challenging misconceptions about her age and setting her sights on the Paris Games and the Australian record.

01:00:33

EP42 - S1

4 Nov 21

Rugby 7's player Charlotte Caslick

After winning gold at the Rio Olympics, Charlotte Caslick became a household name overnight. She was on the cover of Vogue (twice!), her Instagram exploded and at one point she was trending higher than Usain Bolt.  Charlotte joins host Sam Squiers to discuss the ongoing battle for equality between the men's and women's sides, the disappointment of losing to Fiji in the quarter finals of the Tokyo Games compared to the thrill of winning gold at Rio and living on a farm and raising cattle with her partner Lewis.

Rugby 7's player Charlotte Caslick

After winning gold at the Rio Olympics, Charlotte Caslick became a household name overnight. She was on the cover of Vogue (twice!), her Instagram exploded and at one point she was trending higher than Usain Bolt.  Charlotte joins host Sam Squiers to discuss the ongoing battle for equality between the men's and women's sides, the disappointment of losing to Fiji in the quarter finals of the Tokyo Games compared to the thrill of winning gold at Rio and living on a farm and raising cattle with her partner Lewis.

58:30

EP41 - S1

21 Oct 21

Hurdler Jana Pittman

As a two-time Olympian, two-time World Champion and four-time Commonwealth Games gold medallist, Jana Pittman dominated athletics throughout the 2000's. In 2014 Jana swapped the athletics track for the bobsleigh track to become the first Australian woman to compete in both the Summer and Winter Olympics. But her career was also plagued with injury and unrelenting criticism from the media. Jana joins host Sam Squiers to discuss the tag of "Drama Jana" which followed Jana throughout her career, the fictional rivalry between Jana and teammate Tamsyn Lewis (now Manou), returning to athletics after the birth of her first kid and transitioning to life as a doctor.

Hurdler Jana Pittman

As a two-time Olympian, two-time World Champion and four-time Commonwealth Games gold medallist, Jana Pittman dominated athletics throughout the 2000's. In 2014 Jana swapped the athletics track for the bobsleigh track to become the first Australian woman to compete in both the Summer and Winter Olympics. But her career was also plagued with injury and unrelenting criticism from the media. Jana joins host Sam Squiers to discuss the tag of "Drama Jana" which followed Jana throughout her career, the fictional rivalry between Jana and teammate Tamsyn Lewis (now Manou), returning to athletics after the birth of her first kid and transitioning to life as a doctor.

01:04:43

EP40 - S1

7 Oct 21

Gymnast Stephanie Moorhouse

Training through injury, body shaming and delayed puberty were just some of the challenges that faced retired gymnast Stephanie Moorhouse throughout her career from the age of 4 to 18. At the height of her career, Steph would train up to 40 hours per week which saw her win a gold medal at the 2002 Commonwealth Games, a bronze medal at the 2003 World Championships and compete at the 2004 Athens Olympics. Steph joins host Sam Squiers to discuss the demands on young gymnasts who peak in their teen years, transitioning to life after elite sport and her response to the Australian Human Rights Commission report into gymnastics which revealed a culture of abuse, misconduct and bullying.

Gymnast Stephanie Moorhouse

Training through injury, body shaming and delayed puberty were just some of the challenges that faced retired gymnast Stephanie Moorhouse throughout her career from the age of 4 to 18. At the height of her career, Steph would train up to 40 hours per week which saw her win a gold medal at the 2002 Commonwealth Games, a bronze medal at the 2003 World Championships and compete at the 2004 Athens Olympics. Steph joins host Sam Squiers to discuss the demands on young gymnasts who peak in their teen years, transitioning to life after elite sport and her response to the Australian Human Rights Commission report into gymnastics which revealed a culture of abuse, misconduct and bullying.

01:02:28

EP39 - S1

16 Jul 21

Richmond President Peggy O’Neal: The PUMA Fearless Series

President of the Richmond Football Club, Peggy O’Neal, wants support for women and girls to pursue careers in sport, on and off the field.  Peggy became a Richmond Football Club member after moving to the suburb from the USA and developing a love for the sport and the Club. She’s progressed from being a member, to sitting on the Richmond board, to becoming the AFL's first female president. In that time, she’s seen the establishment of Richmond's AFLW side and the men’s first premiership win in 37 years.  Peggy joins host Sam Squiers to discuss the growth of the AFLW, creating pathways for other women to take on leadership positions in sport, and how it felt to see the Tigers win a premiership in 2017 after a 37-year drought (and two more premierships since then). 

Richmond President Peggy O’Neal: The PUMA Fearless Series

President of the Richmond Football Club, Peggy O’Neal, wants support for women and girls to pursue careers in sport, on and off the field.  Peggy became a Richmond Football Club member after moving to the suburb from the USA and developing a love for the sport and the Club. She’s progressed from being a member, to sitting on the Richmond board, to becoming the AFL's first female president. In that time, she’s seen the establishment of Richmond's AFLW side and the men’s first premiership win in 37 years.  Peggy joins host Sam Squiers to discuss the growth of the AFLW, creating pathways for other women to take on leadership positions in sport, and how it felt to see the Tigers win a premiership in 2017 after a 37-year drought (and two more premierships since then). 

01:00:16

EP38 - S1

24 Jun 21

Netball Victoria & Melbourne Vixens CEO Rosie King OAM: The PUMA Fearless Series

CEO of Netball Victoria and Melbourne Vixens, Rosie King OAM wants to see the Suncorp Super Netball competition expand and provide more opportunities for elite netballers. Rosie has held leadership roles in some of Australia and New Zealand’s largest companies, but it’s Netball Victoria where she’s been able to have the greatest impact on women’s sport. Rosie joins host Sam Squiers to discuss getting her first taste of CEO leadership at the Geelong Football Club, changing misconceptions about netball and what needs to happen for the Super Netball competition to grow.

Netball Victoria & Melbourne Vixens CEO Rosie King OAM: The PUMA Fearless Series

CEO of Netball Victoria and Melbourne Vixens, Rosie King OAM wants to see the Suncorp Super Netball competition expand and provide more opportunities for elite netballers. Rosie has held leadership roles in some of Australia and New Zealand’s largest companies, but it’s Netball Victoria where she’s been able to have the greatest impact on women’s sport. Rosie joins host Sam Squiers to discuss getting her first taste of CEO leadership at the Geelong Football Club, changing misconceptions about netball and what needs to happen for the Super Netball competition to grow.

57:04

EP37 - S1

17 Jun 21

AFLW player Sabrina Frederick: The PUMA Fearless Series

Marquee AFLW player Sabrina Frederick wants her sport to professionalise. Sabrina fell in love with AFL after moving from England to Western Australia as a kid but was shocked to learn she couldn’t play Australia’s national sport at the top level. To continue playing, Sabrina joined the women’s team when she was in her early teens and moved across the country to play for the Brisbane Lions in the first season of the AFLW.  Sabrina joins host Sam Squiers to discuss finding her love for the game again after two Grand Final losses, finding confidence through sport and how she rises above the negativity to be at her best.

AFLW player Sabrina Frederick: The PUMA Fearless Series

Marquee AFLW player Sabrina Frederick wants her sport to professionalise. Sabrina fell in love with AFL after moving from England to Western Australia as a kid but was shocked to learn she couldn’t play Australia’s national sport at the top level. To continue playing, Sabrina joined the women’s team when she was in her early teens and moved across the country to play for the Brisbane Lions in the first season of the AFLW.  Sabrina joins host Sam Squiers to discuss finding her love for the game again after two Grand Final losses, finding confidence through sport and how she rises above the negativity to be at her best.

54:01

EP36 - S1

10 Jun 21

Rugby league player Ali Brigginshaw: The PUMA Fearless Series

Brisbane Broncos captain Ali Brigginshaw wants the women’s game to become professional. Growing up as the only girl in the boys’ team, Ali was told she had no future in the sport so she never imagined she could turn rugby league into a career. Ali joins host Sam Squiers to discuss fighting for the growth of the women’s game, why it’s important for young boys to look up to female athletes and how a photo of her kissing her girlfriend on the sidelines ended up in the paper.

Rugby league player Ali Brigginshaw: The PUMA Fearless Series

Brisbane Broncos captain Ali Brigginshaw wants the women’s game to become professional. Growing up as the only girl in the boys’ team, Ali was told she had no future in the sport so she never imagined she could turn rugby league into a career. Ali joins host Sam Squiers to discuss fighting for the growth of the women’s game, why it’s important for young boys to look up to female athletes and how a photo of her kissing her girlfriend on the sidelines ended up in the paper.

58:29

EP35 - S1

3 Jun 21

Hurdler Liz Clay: The PUMA Fearless Series

100m hurdle champion Liz Clay wants more pathways for young athletes trying to make a career in athletics. Breaking her foot before the 2014 World Junior Championships forced Liz Clay to stay on the sidelines, missing a crucial event for her progression as a junior athlete and foreshadowing her injury-plagued career. Liz joins host Sam Squiers to discuss moving from Sydney to the Gold Coast to be coached by hurdles legend Sharon Hannan, the media coverage of athletics compared to team sports and how she’s remained motivated in spite of setbacks.

Hurdler Liz Clay: The PUMA Fearless Series

100m hurdle champion Liz Clay wants more pathways for young athletes trying to make a career in athletics. Breaking her foot before the 2014 World Junior Championships forced Liz Clay to stay on the sidelines, missing a crucial event for her progression as a junior athlete and foreshadowing her injury-plagued career. Liz joins host Sam Squiers to discuss moving from Sydney to the Gold Coast to be coached by hurdles legend Sharon Hannan, the media coverage of athletics compared to team sports and how she’s remained motivated in spite of setbacks.

58:02

EP34 - S1

27 May 21

Netball player Jemma Mi Mi: The PUMA Fearless Series

Queensland Firebird Jemma Mi Mi wants to see Indigenous culture embedded into netball every day of the year, not just during the Indigenous Round.  As the face of Suncorp Super Netball’s 2020 Indigenous Round, Jemma wanted to be on court, not on the bench. But as the minutes passed by, Jemma (and the rest of Australia) realised she wouldn’t get to play a minute of the game, sparking an important conversation about netball’s record with their Indigenous players.  Jemma joins host Sam Squiers to discuss what she wants to see from Indigenous Round in the future, how she’s found confidence through sport and becoming a role model for the next generation of netballers. 

Netball player Jemma Mi Mi: The PUMA Fearless Series

Queensland Firebird Jemma Mi Mi wants to see Indigenous culture embedded into netball every day of the year, not just during the Indigenous Round.  As the face of Suncorp Super Netball’s 2020 Indigenous Round, Jemma wanted to be on court, not on the bench. But as the minutes passed by, Jemma (and the rest of Australia) realised she wouldn’t get to play a minute of the game, sparking an important conversation about netball’s record with their Indigenous players.  Jemma joins host Sam Squiers to discuss what she wants to see from Indigenous Round in the future, how she’s found confidence through sport and becoming a role model for the next generation of netballers. 

53:29

EP33 - S1

20 May 21

Bobsleigh pilot Ash Werner

Accidentally qualifying for the national bobsleigh team two years before the 2018 Winter Olympics changed the course of Ash Werner's sporting career. Ash joins host Sam Squiers to discuss leaving behind a successful career in Rugby 7's to take a chance on bobsleigh, missing out on the 2018 Winter Olympics (despite qualifying) and the concussion that rocked her for over two years.

Bobsleigh pilot Ash Werner

Accidentally qualifying for the national bobsleigh team two years before the 2018 Winter Olympics changed the course of Ash Werner's sporting career. Ash joins host Sam Squiers to discuss leaving behind a successful career in Rugby 7's to take a chance on bobsleigh, missing out on the 2018 Winter Olympics (despite qualifying) and the concussion that rocked her for over two years.

59:19

EP32 - S1

13 May 21

Netball player Sam Wallace

Growing up in a small town in Trinidad & Tobago, NSW Swifts goal shooter Sam Wallace never imagined she'd be living and playing in Australia. Sam joins host Sam Wallace to discuss playing college basketball in the USA (and why she gave it up to move home to Trinidad), the surprising intensity of Swifts' training and losing her Dad a few days after winning the 2019 Suncorp Super Netball grand final.

Netball player Sam Wallace

Growing up in a small town in Trinidad & Tobago, NSW Swifts goal shooter Sam Wallace never imagined she'd be living and playing in Australia. Sam joins host Sam Wallace to discuss playing college basketball in the USA (and why she gave it up to move home to Trinidad), the surprising intensity of Swifts' training and losing her Dad a few days after winning the 2019 Suncorp Super Netball grand final.

46:21

EP31 - S1

29 Apr 21

Rugby 7's & AFLW player Chloe Dalton

Two years before the Rio Olympics Chloe Dalton Googled "list of Olympic sports" and switched from professional basketball to the Australian Rugby 7's team to take a chance at  winning a gold medal. Chloe joins host Sam Squiers to discuss achieving her Olympic gold medal dream, managing anxiety and insomnia alongside professional sport and what she wants to achieve with The Female Athlete Project.

Rugby 7's & AFLW player Chloe Dalton

Two years before the Rio Olympics Chloe Dalton Googled "list of Olympic sports" and switched from professional basketball to the Australian Rugby 7's team to take a chance at  winning a gold medal. Chloe joins host Sam Squiers to discuss achieving her Olympic gold medal dream, managing anxiety and insomnia alongside professional sport and what she wants to achieve with The Female Athlete Project.

59:51

EP30 - S1

15 Apr 21

Swimmer Emily Seebohm

Coming second in the 100m backstroke final at the Rio Olympics made Emily Seebohm realise a Gold medal wasn't going to change her life. Emily joins Sam to discuss her battle with endometriosis and an eating disorder, overcoming Swine Flu before the Beijing Olympics and the pressure of staying in the Australian swim team when the whole world is watching. If this episode brought up any issues for you and you want to talk to someone about it, you can call The Butterfly Foundation on 1800 33 4673.

Swimmer Emily Seebohm

Coming second in the 100m backstroke final at the Rio Olympics made Emily Seebohm realise a Gold medal wasn't going to change her life. Emily joins Sam to discuss her battle with endometriosis and an eating disorder, overcoming Swine Flu before the Beijing Olympics and the pressure of staying in the Australian swim team when the whole world is watching. If this episode brought up any issues for you and you want to talk to someone about it, you can call The Butterfly Foundation on 1800 33 4673.

56:39

EP29 - S1

1 Apr 21

Cricketer Ash Gardner

Muruwari woman Ash Gardner is the second Indigenous woman to play cricket for Australia and her debut came sixty years after the first Indigenous woman, Faith Thomas, played in the 1950's. Ash joins host Sam Squiers to discuss the barriers facing young Indigenous people getting into cricket, winning the 2020 World Cup and the opportunities she's creating for school kids through the Ashleigh Gardner Foundation.

Cricketer Ash Gardner

Muruwari woman Ash Gardner is the second Indigenous woman to play cricket for Australia and her debut came sixty years after the first Indigenous woman, Faith Thomas, played in the 1950's. Ash joins host Sam Squiers to discuss the barriers facing young Indigenous people getting into cricket, winning the 2020 World Cup and the opportunities she's creating for school kids through the Ashleigh Gardner Foundation.

54:26

EP28 - S1

18 Mar 21

Eventer Jade Findlay

A casual interest in horse riding saw Jade Findlay spend her gap year working for one of the world's best eventing coaches and accidentally falling into her sport. Jade joins host Sam Squiers to discuss how eventing works, competing alongside the royal family and what could be done to better support women returning to the sport after having kids.

Eventer Jade Findlay

A casual interest in horse riding saw Jade Findlay spend her gap year working for one of the world's best eventing coaches and accidentally falling into her sport. Jade joins host Sam Squiers to discuss how eventing works, competing alongside the royal family and what could be done to better support women returning to the sport after having kids.

53:40

EP27 - S1

4 Mar 21

Wheelchair basketball player Ella Sabljak

Growing up with a rare nerve condition meant Ella Sabljak could write her own rules for what she could achieve. Ella joins host Sam Squiers to discuss falling in love with wheelchair basketball as a kid (but not getting to play until later in life), missing out on the 2016 Rio Olympics and how she's helping to make school sports more inclusive.

Wheelchair basketball player Ella Sabljak

Growing up with a rare nerve condition meant Ella Sabljak could write her own rules for what she could achieve. Ella joins host Sam Squiers to discuss falling in love with wheelchair basketball as a kid (but not getting to play until later in life), missing out on the 2016 Rio Olympics and how she's helping to make school sports more inclusive.

46:44

EP26 - S1

18 Feb 21

Beach volleyball player Taliqua Clancy

As the first Indigenous woman to play beach volleyball at the Olympics, Taliqua Clancy is using her platform to create change. Taliqua joins host Sam Squiers to discuss growing up 200km from the beach in regional Queensland, learning to love beach volleyball and how it felt to see her face on the Tokyo Olympic coin.

Beach volleyball player Taliqua Clancy

As the first Indigenous woman to play beach volleyball at the Olympics, Taliqua Clancy is using her platform to create change. Taliqua joins host Sam Squiers to discuss growing up 200km from the beach in regional Queensland, learning to love beach volleyball and how it felt to see her face on the Tokyo Olympic coin.

42:30

EP25 - S1

4 Feb 21

Soccer player Alanna Kennedy

Playing for the Matildas has been Alanna Kennedy's dream since she was ten years old. Alanna joins host Sam Squiers to discuss the changes she's noticed in the women's game since she joined the Matildas as a teenager, missing the game-deciding penalty at the Rio Olympics and playing for the Tottenham Hotspurs in the UK Super League.

Soccer player Alanna Kennedy

Playing for the Matildas has been Alanna Kennedy's dream since she was ten years old. Alanna joins host Sam Squiers to discuss the changes she's noticed in the women's game since she joined the Matildas as a teenager, missing the game-deciding penalty at the Rio Olympics and playing for the Tottenham Hotspurs in the UK Super League.

41:55

EP24 - S1

21 Jan 21

Canoe Slalom athlete Jess Fox

As the daughter of two World Champions canoe slalom athletes, Jess Fox has been in the water since she was six months old. Jess joins host Sam Squiers to discuss making her Olympic debut at 18, leading the way for women in her sport and how it felt to break her parents' records to become the greatest individual paddler of all time.

Canoe Slalom athlete Jess Fox

As the daughter of two World Champions canoe slalom athletes, Jess Fox has been in the water since she was six months old. Jess joins host Sam Squiers to discuss making her Olympic debut at 18, leading the way for women in her sport and how it felt to break her parents' records to become the greatest individual paddler of all time.

54:15

EP23 - S1

7 Jan 21

Tennis player Casey Dellacqua

Before Casey Dellacqua became a household name in Australian tennis, she spent years sharing hotel beds with her teammates and using her prize money to buy her own equipment. Casey joins host Sam Squiers to discuss the financial barriers to a career in professional tennis, the concussion that forced the end of her singles career and how it felt to read comments about her weight in the newspaper.

Tennis player Casey Dellacqua

Before Casey Dellacqua became a household name in Australian tennis, she spent years sharing hotel beds with her teammates and using her prize money to buy her own equipment. Casey joins host Sam Squiers to discuss the financial barriers to a career in professional tennis, the concussion that forced the end of her singles career and how it felt to read comments about her weight in the newspaper.

01:02:57

EP22 - S1

26 Nov 20

BMX & mountain biker Caroline Buchanan

An off-road vehicle accident threatened not only Caroline Buchanan's career in BMX and mountain bike riding, but her life. Caroline joins host Sam Squiers to discuss competing at the BMX World Championships at nine years old, how she used breathing to stay calm during a trip to hospital with a broken sternum and punctured lung and her two year recovery to get back into sport.

BMX & mountain biker Caroline Buchanan

An off-road vehicle accident threatened not only Caroline Buchanan's career in BMX and mountain bike riding, but her life. Caroline joins host Sam Squiers to discuss competing at the BMX World Championships at nine years old, how she used breathing to stay calm during a trip to hospital with a broken sternum and punctured lung and her two year recovery to get back into sport.

50:53

EP21 - S1

12 Nov 20

Cyclist Georgia Baker

Weeks before Georgia Baker was set to pursue her dream competing overseas, she lost her dad to a sudden heart attack. Georgia joins host Sam Squiers to discuss how she grieved the loss of her dad, the accident that threatened her team’s chances at the Rio Olympics and why her best riding has come after being diagnosed with a genetic heart condition.

Cyclist Georgia Baker

Weeks before Georgia Baker was set to pursue her dream competing overseas, she lost her dad to a sudden heart attack. Georgia joins host Sam Squiers to discuss how she grieved the loss of her dad, the accident that threatened her team’s chances at the Rio Olympics and why her best riding has come after being diagnosed with a genetic heart condition.

47:11

EP20 - S1

29 Oct 20

Surfer Layne Beachley

A fear of rejection motivated Layne Beachley to become a world champion and determination, hard work and having the "compassion of a tiger shark" saw this dream become a reality. Layne joins host Sam Squiers to discuss what it took her to win 7 world titles, the mistakes she made on tour and how she's seen women's surfing change since she was the only girl in the water at Manly Beach.

Surfer Layne Beachley

A fear of rejection motivated Layne Beachley to become a world champion and determination, hard work and having the "compassion of a tiger shark" saw this dream become a reality. Layne joins host Sam Squiers to discuss what it took her to win 7 world titles, the mistakes she made on tour and how she's seen women's surfing change since she was the only girl in the water at Manly Beach.

55:30

EP19 - S1

15 Oct 20

Rugby League player Hannah Southwell

Before Hannah Southwell played in the inaugural NRLW season, she'd already made a name for herself playing soccer and Ruby 7s. Hannah joins host Sam Squiers to discuss the pressure of being the youngest goalkeeper in the W-League, rebuilding her confidence after losing her spot on the 7s team and why you’ll never see her playing without headgear.

Rugby League player Hannah Southwell

Before Hannah Southwell played in the inaugural NRLW season, she'd already made a name for herself playing soccer and Ruby 7s. Hannah joins host Sam Squiers to discuss the pressure of being the youngest goalkeeper in the W-League, rebuilding her confidence after losing her spot on the 7s team and why you’ll never see her playing without headgear.

36:53

EP18 - S1

1 Oct 20

Cliff diver Rhiannan Iffland

A wildcard entry into the 2016 Red Bull Cliff Diving series saw Rhiannan Iffland take out the competition and progress from a rookie to a dominant competitor in the field. Rhiannan joins host Sam Squiers to discuss how she went from performing on cruise ships to becoming a four-time world champion, rebuilding her confidence after injury and how she manages fear when she’s standing at the top of a 20-metre cliff.

Cliff diver Rhiannan Iffland

A wildcard entry into the 2016 Red Bull Cliff Diving series saw Rhiannan Iffland take out the competition and progress from a rookie to a dominant competitor in the field. Rhiannan joins host Sam Squiers to discuss how she went from performing on cruise ships to becoming a four-time world champion, rebuilding her confidence after injury and how she manages fear when she’s standing at the top of a 20-metre cliff.

49:23

EP17 - S1

17 Sep 20

Soccer player Hayley Raso

Breaking her back in an on-field collision has left Hayley Raso physically and mentally stronger than ever. Hayley joins host Sam Squiers to discuss being the only girl on her soccer team growing up, missing out on the 2016 Olympic team and how it felt to return to the Matildas after recovering from a broken back.

Soccer player Hayley Raso

Breaking her back in an on-field collision has left Hayley Raso physically and mentally stronger than ever. Hayley joins host Sam Squiers to discuss being the only girl on her soccer team growing up, missing out on the 2016 Olympic team and how it felt to return to the Matildas after recovering from a broken back.

48:07

EP16 - S1

3 Sep 20

Wheelchair racer Madison de Rozario

Five-time Gold medallist Madison de Rozario has loved wheelchair racing since she first sat in a racing chair at 12 years old. Madison joins host Sam Squiers to discuss the rare illness that led to her wheelchair racing career, being coached by her sporting hero, Louise Sauvage, and what it means to her to be the 2020 Barbie "Shero".

Wheelchair racer Madison de Rozario

Five-time Gold medallist Madison de Rozario has loved wheelchair racing since she first sat in a racing chair at 12 years old. Madison joins host Sam Squiers to discuss the rare illness that led to her wheelchair racing career, being coached by her sporting hero, Louise Sauvage, and what it means to her to be the 2020 Barbie "Shero".

45:36

EP15 - S1

20 Aug 20

Cricketer Meg Lanning

Australian captain Meg Lanning grew up playing cricket with her sister but it was years before the women's game was broadcast on television and she realised it could be a career for her. Meg joins host Sam Squiers to discuss becoming captain at 21 years old, overcoming a season-ending shoulder injury and the pressure, and triumph, of the 2020 Women’s World Cup.

Cricketer Meg Lanning

Australian captain Meg Lanning grew up playing cricket with her sister but it was years before the women's game was broadcast on television and she realised it could be a career for her. Meg joins host Sam Squiers to discuss becoming captain at 21 years old, overcoming a season-ending shoulder injury and the pressure, and triumph, of the 2020 Women’s World Cup.

49:00

EP14 - S1

6 Aug 20

Soccer player Lydia Williams

Traveling around Australia as a child with her missionary parents taught Matildas' goalkeeper Lydia Williams the value of humility, generosity and kindness. Lydia joins host Sam Squiers to discuss learning to play sport in the Western Australian desert, the growth of the women’s game in Australia and using her platform to create change.

Soccer player Lydia Williams

Traveling around Australia as a child with her missionary parents taught Matildas' goalkeeper Lydia Williams the value of humility, generosity and kindness. Lydia joins host Sam Squiers to discuss learning to play sport in the Western Australian desert, the growth of the women’s game in Australia and using her platform to create change.

46:20

EP13 - S1

23 Jul 20

CrossFit athlete Kara Saunders

After a CrossFit gym opened in her suburb, Kara Saunders fell in love with the sport and started training every day. Kara joins host Sam Squiers to discuss giving up sport in high school, training while pregnant and what it feels like to be the second fittest woman in the world.

CrossFit athlete Kara Saunders

After a CrossFit gym opened in her suburb, Kara Saunders fell in love with the sport and started training every day. Kara joins host Sam Squiers to discuss giving up sport in high school, training while pregnant and what it feels like to be the second fittest woman in the world.

42:15

EP12 - S1

9 Jul 20

Netball player Laura Geitz

Growing up in regional Queensland taught Laura Geitz resilience and the value of hard work. Laura joins host Sam Squiers to discuss being bullied for her height during school, captaining the Queensland Firebirds and Australian Diamonds and what it means to be a Suncorp Team Girls Ambassador.

Netball player Laura Geitz

Growing up in regional Queensland taught Laura Geitz resilience and the value of hard work. Laura joins host Sam Squiers to discuss being bullied for her height during school, captaining the Queensland Firebirds and Australian Diamonds and what it means to be a Suncorp Team Girls Ambassador.

49:06

EP11 - S1

25 Jun 20

Netball & AFLW player Ash Brazill

Turning setbacks into opportunities has been a consistent part of Ash Brazill's career. Ash joins host Sam Squiers to discuss becoming the first woman to play professional netball and AFL, remaining hopeful in spite of missing out on the Australian Diamonds selection and why her wedding went viral.

Netball & AFLW player Ash Brazill

Turning setbacks into opportunities has been a consistent part of Ash Brazill's career. Ash joins host Sam Squiers to discuss becoming the first woman to play professional netball and AFL, remaining hopeful in spite of missing out on the Australian Diamonds selection and why her wedding went viral.

51:59

EP10 - S1

11 Jun 20

Hockey player Georgia Wilson

When an eating disorder stood in the way of Hockeyroo Georgia Wilson’s chance at success, she knew she needed professional help to recover. Georgia joins host Sam Squiers to discuss growing up as the “hockey girl”, the impact her eating disorder had on her sporting performance and the value of meditation in managing her mental health. If this episode brought up any issues for you and you want to talk to someone about it, you can call The Butterfly Foundation on 1800 33 4673.

Hockey player Georgia Wilson

When an eating disorder stood in the way of Hockeyroo Georgia Wilson’s chance at success, she knew she needed professional help to recover. Georgia joins host Sam Squiers to discuss growing up as the “hockey girl”, the impact her eating disorder had on her sporting performance and the value of meditation in managing her mental health. If this episode brought up any issues for you and you want to talk to someone about it, you can call The Butterfly Foundation on 1800 33 4673.

41:11

EP09 - S1

28 May 20

Swimmer Ellie Cole

Paralympic Gold medallist, Ellie Cole, started swimming as rehabilitation after her left leg was amputated due to cancer. Ellie joins host Sam Squiers to discuss growing up with a prosthetic limb, returning to the pool and winning Gold after a double shoulder reconstruction and why she gifted her niece an Ellie Cole Barbie.

Swimmer Ellie Cole

Paralympic Gold medallist, Ellie Cole, started swimming as rehabilitation after her left leg was amputated due to cancer. Ellie joins host Sam Squiers to discuss growing up with a prosthetic limb, returning to the pool and winning Gold after a double shoulder reconstruction and why she gifted her niece an Ellie Cole Barbie.

51:02

EP08 - S1

14 May 20

Surfer Felicity ‘Flick’ Palmateer

Facing her fear of failure empowered Felicity Palmateer to conquer some of the world’s biggest waves. Flick joins host & sports journalist Sam Squiers to discuss why she ditched her pro tour ambitions to be a big wave surfer, how she keeps herself calm during a wipe out, and what she’d like to say to her Mum if she had the chance.

Surfer Felicity ‘Flick’ Palmateer

Facing her fear of failure empowered Felicity Palmateer to conquer some of the world’s biggest waves. Flick joins host & sports journalist Sam Squiers to discuss why she ditched her pro tour ambitions to be a big wave surfer, how she keeps herself calm during a wipe out, and what she’d like to say to her Mum if she had the chance.

51:56

EP07 - S1

30 Apr 20

Rugby 7’s player Ellia Green

As a child playing sport, all Ellia Green wanted to do was impress her Mum. Ellia joins host & sports journalist Sam Squiers to discuss why she switched from competing in athletics to Rugby 7’s, how it felt to win gold at the 2016 Rio Olympics and how making her Mum proud is what motivates her.

Rugby 7’s player Ellia Green

As a child playing sport, all Ellia Green wanted to do was impress her Mum. Ellia joins host & sports journalist Sam Squiers to discuss why she switched from competing in athletics to Rugby 7’s, how it felt to win gold at the 2016 Rio Olympics and how making her Mum proud is what motivates her.

42:39

EP06 - S1

19 Mar 20

AFLW player Katie Brennan

Injury and suspension plagued Katie Brennan’s first three seasons of the AFLW as the captain of the Western Bulldogs. Katie joins host & sports journalist Sam Squiers to discuss moving from Brisbane to Melbourne to pursue AFL, how it felt to be involved at the start of AFLW and why she moved from the Western Bulldogs to Richmond.

AFLW player Katie Brennan

Injury and suspension plagued Katie Brennan’s first three seasons of the AFLW as the captain of the Western Bulldogs. Katie joins host & sports journalist Sam Squiers to discuss moving from Brisbane to Melbourne to pursue AFL, how it felt to be involved at the start of AFLW and why she moved from the Western Bulldogs to Richmond.

45:27

EP05 - S1

19 Mar 20

Rugby League player Tiana Penitani

Missing out on the 2016 Rio Olympics was devastating for Tiana Penitani but luckily it led her down a different sporting path. Tiana joins host & sports journalist Sam Squiers to discuss the impact of losing her father as a teenager, the injury that took her away from the 2016 Olympics, and falling in love with rugby league after 18 months away from professional sport.

Rugby League player Tiana Penitani

Missing out on the 2016 Rio Olympics was devastating for Tiana Penitani but luckily it led her down a different sporting path. Tiana joins host & sports journalist Sam Squiers to discuss the impact of losing her father as a teenager, the injury that took her away from the 2016 Olympics, and falling in love with rugby league after 18 months away from professional sport.

50:00

EP04 - S1

19 Mar 20

Golfer Karrie Webb

Karrie Webb decided she was going to become a professional golfer long before women’s golf was even broadcast on television. Karrie joins host & sports journalist Sam Squiers to discuss learning to play golf in regional Queensland, why she doesn’t share her personal life with media and the how the Karrie Webb Series scholarship is increasing female participation in golf.

Golfer Karrie Webb

Karrie Webb decided she was going to become a professional golfer long before women’s golf was even broadcast on television. Karrie joins host & sports journalist Sam Squiers to discuss learning to play golf in regional Queensland, why she doesn’t share her personal life with media and the how the Karrie Webb Series scholarship is increasing female participation in golf.

50:26

EP03 - S1

19 Mar 20

Soccer player Carson Pickett

Being born without a left hand and forearm never stood in the way of Brisbane Roar defender Carson Pickett pursuing her dream of playing professional soccer. Carson joins host & sports journalist Sam Squiers to discuss growing up with a “uniqueness”, how she splits her time between Brisbane Roar and Orlando Pride and the heart-warming photo of her and a young fan that went viral.

Soccer player Carson Pickett

Being born without a left hand and forearm never stood in the way of Brisbane Roar defender Carson Pickett pursuing her dream of playing professional soccer. Carson joins host & sports journalist Sam Squiers to discuss growing up with a “uniqueness”, how she splits her time between Brisbane Roar and Orlando Pride and the heart-warming photo of her and a young fan that went viral.

42:18

EP02 - S1

19 Mar 20

Cricketer Alyssa Healy

Losing her sister as a teenager gave Australian cricketer Alyssa Healy a valuable sense of perspective on life. Alyssa joins host & sports journalist Sam Squiers to discuss what she learned by growing up playing with boys, the impact of losing her sister as a teenager and how she’s seen women’s cricket change over time.

Cricketer Alyssa Healy

Losing her sister as a teenager gave Australian cricketer Alyssa Healy a valuable sense of perspective on life. Alyssa joins host & sports journalist Sam Squiers to discuss what she learned by growing up playing with boys, the impact of losing her sister as a teenager and how she’s seen women’s cricket change over time.

47:09

EP01 - S1

19 Mar 20

On Her Game - Trailer

Sports journalist, Sam Squiers, speaks to elite sportswomen about their challenges, triumphs and setbacks, in an effort to get to know the person behind the athlete and learn what it takes to get to the top of their field. Coming soon

On Her Game - Trailer

Sports journalist, Sam Squiers, speaks to elite sportswomen about their challenges, triumphs and setbacks, in an effort to get to know the person behind the athlete and learn what it takes to get to the top of their field. Coming soon

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