WiSP World New Zealand

WW NZ: Zoe George, Sophie Devine, Melodie Robinson, Tamsyn Newton, Ruby Tui

Thamsyn Newton of New Zealand bowls during the 2016 International ODI Womens cricket match between South Africa and New Zealand at Boland Park, Paarl on 24 October 2016 ©Chris Ricco/BackpagePix
Tamsyn Newton [©Chris Ricco; BackpagePix]

Athlete’s mental health, potty parity at sport’s venues, the need for more women in sports journalism and the NZ Cricket World Cup Squad plus the latest news with a Kiwi flavour

WiSP World is presented by Zoe George & Sophie Devine

Zoe George and Sophie Devine have another great line up of guests and stories this month discussing everything from team selection to sport’s journalism and mental health to potty parity.

Melodie Robinson

Sports Presenters: Melodie Robinson (l) & Michelle Pickles

Sport’s journalist Melodie Robinson is a familiar face to sports fans in New Zealand. The former Black Ferns player can be found in front of the camera fronting coverage of men’s rugby. Along with fellow journalist, Rikki Swannell, who has been a guest on this podcast, they have created The W Group to empower women in sport and media to achieve their goals. Sophie tell us what it means to her to be selected for this summer’s Cricket World Cup after recovering from injury making this her 81st appearance for the White Ferns, and 21 year old Thamsyn Newton stops by to talk about returning to the squad for her ninth cap.

NZ Rugby. Womens Sevens Squad members. Photo by Mark Coote

Ruby Tui

As New Zealanders battle with some form of mental illness—from stress and anxiety to depression, Zoe explains how there’s been a ‘she’ll be right’ attitude in the past to mental health issues in sport, but now, NZ Rugby has launched a campaign called Headfirst to openly discuss the ‘black dog’, and Black Ferns Sevens player Ruby Tui tells us why this is important; especially when faced with performance anxiety and the inevitable disappointment of being dropped from a team.  As usually, Zoe and Sophie have all the latest news and views from sportswomen on and off the field.

Special thanks to Radio New Zealand for hosting the show and Producer Laura Beth Keown.

Podcast length 44’50”




Photo:  Tamsyn Newton [©Chris Ricco; BackpagePix] ; Ruby Tui [Photo: Mark Coote]; Melodie Robinson supplied by guest.
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