The Team

WiSP Sports main presenter is veteran sports journalist and broadcaster Chris Stafford, President & CEO, who leads a team of women from around the world that produce and host 25 different podcasts reaching a global audience with more than 680 episodes covering all women’s sports and topics.

Abby Ehler (GBR) is a professional sailor and a co-founder of The Magenta Project which provides opportunities for women sailors. Abby was a member of Team SCA the all-women crew which took part in the 2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race.  Abby presents The Sailing Show podcast.

Alyssa Godesky (USA) is a professional triathlete and co-hosted the WiSP IronWomen Podcast. 

Ash Nelson (AUS) retired from Australia’s national hockey squad the Hockeyroos in July 2017 with 205 caps. She made her debut in 2007 when she played against Japan in a test series held in Adelaide where the Hockeyroos defeated Japan 1 – 0.  Her impressive career has seen highlights including Commonwealth Games gold in Glasgow 2014, silver at the 2014 World Cup in the Hague, and competing at the 2012 London Olympic Games.  A stand out moment for Ash was her 200th game in front of a home crowd at the Perth Hockey Stadium, a game which the Hockeyroos drew one all with Great Britain.  Ash hosts The Circle podcast and writes her blog Playing The Field. She also co-hosted WiSP World Australia that aired from 2015-17.

Beth Davis (AUS) is the Major Events Manager at Royal Geelong Yacht Club and a baseball coach in Melbourne. She was the co-host of WiSP World Australia alongside Ash Nelson from 2015-17.

Dee Caffari (GBR) is a professional record breaking sailor who writes the Making Waves Blog and has presented videos for the Making Waves series.  Dee has sailed around the world five times. She is the first woman to have sailed single-handed and non-stop around the world in both directions and the only woman to have sailed non-stop around the world a total of three times. In 2006 Dee became the first woman to sail solo, non-stop, around the world against the prevailing winds and currents and was awarded an MBE in recognition of her achievement. Dee is involved with a number of competitive sailing campaigns and continues to showcase her talents in other arenas such as the media, where Dee is a presenter and producer for the online Global Women’s Sports Network, WiSP Sports and also takes on some commentary roles. She is an inspiring motivational speaker and spends time supporting her chosen charities.  Dee is the Skipper of Turn The Tide boat in the 2017-8 Volvo Ocean Race.

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) is a member of the New Zealand National Netball Team, the Silver Ferns. She was a guest co-host on WiSP World New Zealand alongside Zoe George.

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.   Kim is co-host of the Ruck On podcast and pens her blog The Offload when time allows.

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. Kelly co-hosted the Locker Room Talk podcast and also wrote the blog Tri Talk.

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. Maria co-hosted the WiSP World Canada and Ruck On podcasts,

Penny Hopkins (GBR) is a freelance journalist and writer, specializing in women’s sport. Her dual passions are cricket and the political and social issues surrounding women’s sport.  She believes that women are underrepresented in all areas of sport and is proud to be helping to redress the balance.

Samantha Cornett (CAN) is a professional Squash player for Canada and writes the blog; Between the Lines.

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  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 presented WiSP IronWomen, Locker Room Talk and Backstroke & Boobs and also wrote the blog Off Side.

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) is a member of  New Zealand’s National Cricket Team, the White Ferns and co-hosts WiSP World New Zealand podcast alongside Zoe George.,

Zoe George (NZL) is a producer and presenter at Radio New Zealand. She presented the WiSP World New Zealand podcast from 2015-17 which was re-launched in July 2017 as Fair Play in partnership with Radio New Zealand.

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