The Team

WiSP Sports main presenter is veteran sports journalist and broadcaster Chris Stafford, President, CEO & Executive Producer, who leads a team of women from around the world that produce and host over 20 different podcasts reaching a global audience with more than 680 episodes covering all sport and topics.

Abby Ehler (GBR)

Alyssa Godesky (USA)

Ashleigh Nelson (AUS)

Beth Davis (AUS)

Elizabeth Emery (USA) is a former professional athlete who has been interested and involved in sports since before the passage of Title IX. In the ’90s, Elizabeth Emery raced bicycles professionally, traveling all over the country and the world. Some fond memories include winning the Tour of Japan with the National Team, watching Rebecca Twigg get fit during the 2-week Ore-Ida Women’s Challenge, and learning to race with CRCA in New York City. She is now a visual artist, who, prior to podcasting and with obvious foresight, did a number of projects involving interviews.

Katrina Grant (NZL)

Kim Donaldson (CAN) is a retired Canadian rugby team front row player.  She participated in two World Cups, accumulating 45 caps over her ten year career and has since turned her attention towards coaching.  She coached the Concordia Stingers for three years helping them climb to a fourth place national ranking, and has worked with the Canada U20 Women for the past two years.  Recently Kim has relocated to Victoria, BC, where she has landed with the University of Victoria Vikes.  

Kelly O’Mara (USA) is reporter who has written about triathlon for Outside, espnW, Triathlete Magazine, and LAVA. She has also raced triathlon on (and sometimes off) for the last ten years, and will be competing professionally in 2017.

Laura Beth Keown (NZL) is a contributing producer for WiSP World New Zealand. She is an American-New Zealander with a love of podcasts and a radio journalism diploma. Laura is an avid cyclist in Wellington city, and a former competitive swimmer and water polo player. She now coaches swimming for a local team (go Pirates). Laura also produces the podcasts ‘Flirting with 30‘ and ‘B-Side Stories‘.

Maria Samson (CAN) earned her first cap against South Africa during the 2011 Nations Cup in Oakville, ON. Since joining the national team she has earned 21 caps for Canada. She has played for ten different clubs across the country including spearheading the creation of a women’s team for the Dog River Howlers Rugby Club. She has been a member of Team Alberta since 2008, captaining the team since 2013. She was also captain of the inaugural Senior Women’s Prairie Wolfpack Team last year. Maria was named the 2012 Rugby Canada Female Player of the Year, and was also the recipient of the Colette McAuley Award in 2013. She was a key member of the 2014 Women’s Rugby World Cup silver medal winning team in Paris. Last year, Maria was recognized as one of the Avenue Magazine’s Top 40 Under 40 for her role in sport advocacy and community leadership. She continues to give back to the sport as an athlete ambassador for Right To Play, Fast & Female and Kidsport, and is actively involved in AthletesCan as a board member.

Penny Hopkins (GBR)

Sara Gross (CAN) is a former professional triathlete,  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.

Sooz Flannigan (CAN) is a triathlete and coach with a background in soccer as a player, coach, referee. She is President of the Vancouver Island Women’s Soccer Association, member of the BC Soccer Board and the BC Soccer Referee Board.

Sophie Devine (NZL)

Zoe George (NZL)

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