FAIR GAME is a new fortnightly podcast with a firm focus on Irish sportswomen; an open forum for discussion with our country’s trailblazing athletes, journalists and leaders. The podcast is produced by Castaway Media, and is presented by Elaine Buckley and Emily Glen – two active participants in and supporters of sport who bonded over a dissatisfaction with the volume of detailed coverage that Irish female athletes receive, and decided to stop giving out about it and instead do something about it. The show is available on Castaway.media/FairGame, and can also be found and subscribed to on iTunes and all other podcasting apps by searching ‘Fair Game Podcast’.
Episode #3 has just been released, and you can listen to it HERE. This episode tackles LIFE BEYOND THE PLAYING FIELD, with two Irish sportswomen who are actively pursuing their passions for sport OFF the pitch. We’re all painfully aware of the lack of full-time opportunities that exist for Irish sportswomen, and the difficulties our amateur athletes can face juggling their work and sporting commitments – so, it’s always interesting to see how women who have competed at the highest level incorporate sport into their day-to-day lives BEYOND the field of play…
Fiona Coghlan is one of only THREE Irish captains to lead their team to Grand Slam glory and the ONLY one to conquer the mighty All Blacks. Upon her retirement in August 2014 after 13 years and 85 caps in green, she was quoted as saying “I have to give something back to the game.” Since then, she has certainly been busy doing just that, whilst on a career break from teaching.
Next month, Nicci Daly will be jetting off to New Zealand with the Irish hockey squad to compete in the Hawkes Bay Cup against some of the top-ranking teams in the world. However, she’ll subsequently be taking a break from hockey to get her career on track – literally – by relocating to Indianapolis for the summer and taking up a position as a trainee engineer with Pro Mazda.
You can follow FAIR GAME on Twitter – @FairGameCast -for updates on future episodes, as well as a steady stream of news and updates about Irish sportswomen. The latest podcast can also be listened to and downloaded from www.sportswomen.ie homepage.