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.

Lindsay Jennerich (CAN) Co-host of The Dirty Double. Lindsay and Patricia Obee won the silver medal for Lightweight Doubles at the Rio Olympic Games and is a former World Champion.

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.

Patricia Obee (CAN) Co-host of The Dirty Double. Patricia and Lindsay Obee won the silver medal for Lightweight Doubles at the Rio Olympic Games.

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.

Gabby Hall (USA) is the host of The Inside Line – the bi-weekly podcast that covers alpine skiing. Gabbi is the Digital Content Editor at Ski Racing Media. The Inside Line is a co-production of WiSP Sports and Ski Racing Media.

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.

Laura Beth Keown (NZL) is a contributing producer for Fair Play, formerly 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.

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.

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

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