WiSP Sports Mission Statement
The core values of WiSP Sports are based on the following principles to:
- Honor women’s stories and the right to play
- Maintain women’s dignity
- Protect women’s integrity in sport and society
- Strive to achieve gender equality and fairness in all sporting endeavors
- Empower women of all generations
- Celebrate the achievements of women athletes in all sports
Based on these principles WiSP operates as a vehicle of change in awareness, attitude and culture in sport and society.
WiSP is run by women who have been successful both in sport and in business, and as such, has a unique perspective and compassion for how women in sport are discussed and promoted. The WiSP dialogue is inclusive of all women regardless of race, religion, culture, sexual orientation or ability. Women’s stories are respected and valued as part of the wider conversation and impact that women are having in sport and society.WiSP provides a platform for elite athletes to increase their visibility as role models, helping women everywhere experience the power that comes through participation in sport and healthy living. In collaboration with the community of women athletes, WiSP provides a comprehensive network that extends global coverage of all women’s sports. WiSP will broadcast and celebrate the achievements of women athletes as they continue to push the boundaries of their sports. WiSP is driving the women’s sports movement.
Chris Stafford (USA)
Chris is the Founder and CEO of WiSP Sports Inc. which was formed in 2015. She has been a media professional since 1976 and established her own network of podcasts for equestrian sport in 2012. Chris is a veteran sport’s broadcaster and journalist with extensive experience covering international sports including Olympic Games, World and European Championships and World Cups. Having established her career in print and photography she switched to broadcast and was Vice President of Production at HorseTV in Los Angeles. Chris’ previous career was in equestrian sport as a rider and trainer which took her around the world working with high performance riders and coaches. Chris graduated from the University of Westminster with a Masters in Journalism majoring in broadcast. She also graduated from the London School of Public Relations. In 2006, Chris produced daily TV coverage of the World Equestrian Games, and in 2010 hosted daily WebTV coverage of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. Chris hosted a 5-hour live broadcast from downtown Lexington, KY to mark the 100-day countdown to the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in 2009, which was broadcast worldwide. She has provided voice-overs for video and TV and narrated a number of audio books. Chris has been published extensively in several languages, is the author of three books and edited several other sporting titles. Chris was also a sport’s and travel photographer for numerous magazines and books and has held exhibitions in the US. In 2009, Chris began producing and hosting radio podcasts. She also produces and hosts the official podcasts for the U.S. Eventing Association and U.S. Dressage Federation. In her spare time Chris is an artist in wood, oils and acrylics – her work has been sold across the U.S. and Europe.
Sara Gross (CAN)
Sara is a two-time Ironman winner, a former North American Ironman Champion and European Long Course Triathlon Champion. Sara’s triathlon career spanned 12 years and in that time she competed for Canada and Great Britain, finished 30 Ironman races – twenty times in the top five. Sara also raced as a professional at the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii six times. Sara holds a PhD in World Religions from The University of Edinburgh and a BA and MA from Queens University in Canada. For her doctorate, Sara compared three first-century communities and analyzed to what extent religious beliefs effected the every day lives and freedoms of women within those communities. In 2007, Sara co-founded a coaching company Mercury Rising Triathlon, which offers triathlon coaching to athletes both in Canada and world-wide. In 2015, Sara and twelve others founded a not-for-profit called TriEqual with the goal of increasing opportunities for underrepresented groups in the sport of triathlon and is currently its President. Sara is also a writer, producer and presenter for WiSP Sports, an advocate for women in sport and motivational speaker. She resides in Victoria, BC, Canada.
Dee Caffari MBE (UK)
Dee Caffari was awarded an MBE in recognition of her solo circumnavigation against the prevailing winds and currents, setting a world record in the process by becoming the first woman to complete this epic voyage in 2006. In 2009 Dee completed the Vendée Globe – a solo, non-stop race around the world. Dee crossed the finish line in 6th place out of the 30 starters making her the only woman to have sailed single-handed, non-stop around the world in both directions. In April 2011, Dee successfully completed another circumnavigation, this time with a Spanish co- skipper. On completion of the Barcelona World Race Dee became the only woman to have sailed three times around the world non-stop. In 2014, Dee joined Team SCA, the all-female entry into the Volvo Ocean Race. In preparation for this race around the world, the team successfully claimed the Round Britain and Ireland speed record for a female crewed monohull in 4 days 21 hours and 39 seconds.
Beth Davis (AUS)
Beth Davis from Melbourne joined the WiSP team of presenters in June 2015 co-presenting our Australian Edition. She began working in sports media a few years ago hosting a national basketball YouTube channel and prior to that had been in sports administration and management for ten years. She has interviewed various international sporting stars and written regular weekly columns for Australian sports blogs. With an interest in all sports and a special passion for basketball, Beth has passed on her love of sports to her son, and spends her free time coaching his basketball, football, soccer, cricket, and various other sports teams.
Jessica Kelley (USA)
Jessica is a 10-year veteran on the U.S. Ski Team who collected three NorAm titles, won giant slalom silver at the 2002 World Junior Championships, and was a member of the 2007 World Championships team in Are, Sweden. Jess resides in Park City, UT and a professional skiing coach.
Zoë George (NZ)
Zoe is a producer and resident baker at Radio New Zealand based in Wellington. In a previous life she was a media and team manager for women’s and men’s international cricket teams. She has a keen interest in feminism in sport, with a focus on how media cover female athletes and how women identify in sport and exercise. In her spare time she enjoys musical theatre, traveling and gluten-free baking.
Maria Samson (CAN)
Maria has been a member of the National Women’s Rugby Team since 2011. Represented Canada 21 times. Started all five games of the 2014 Women’s Rugby World Cup, where Canada won a historic Silver Medal. Recipient of 2012 Female Rugby Canada Player of the Year. Recipient of 2013 Colette McAuley Award (for give back to the sport in the spirt of the game. The Player of the Year award and the Colette McAuley award are the two highest awards a female can win in Canada. No other player has won both. Secretary of Athletes CAN Board of Directors since 2014 (Organization that is the independent voice of all National Team athletes in Canada) Athlete Ambassador for Right to Play and Fast and Female since 2013. Recently named in Avenue Magazine’s Top 40 under 40 Class of 2015. Graduated top of class from McGill University with a Bachelor of Engineering (Mining) while playing on the Varsity Rugby Team. Maria lives in Calgary with her husband, Mozac and as a tiny Pomeranian Mutt shaved into a lion.