As part of our #onechallenge campaign we are sharing these eleven inspirational five minute films that showcase personal insights into the motivations and challenges of leading athletes. Each of the women in the films speak about the challenges they have faced as Women In Sport and how taking these challenges on have positively impacted their life. We hope that these films will inspire you to take on your own #onechallenge and in turn inspire those people around you.
For further insight in to the lives of these athletes you can access full length ten minute films here.
Episode 01 – Starring Kate Walsh & Charlotte Edwards
Cricketing legend Charlotte Edwards and Olympic gold-winning captain Kate Richardson-Walsh discuss the art, the agony and the ecstasy of captaincy. Why losing the England captaincy in 2016 felt like bereavement to Charlotte and why Kate was “touching wood” before the ultimately glorious England women’s hockey campaign at the Rio Olympics.
Episode 02 – Starring Gail Emms & Becky James
Two Olympic silver medalists, from different eras and different sports, intriguingly compare notes on post-competition celebrations, the size of their thighs, living with a sportsman, and medal envy. “So yours….that’s huge!” The verdict of badminton player, Gail Emms, on the two silver medals that cyclist Becky James brought back from Rio. “It’s not fair.”
Episode 03 – Starring Kadeena Cox & Ellie Simmonds
Two of our greatest Paralympians, swimmer Ellie Simmonds and cyclist/athlete Kadeena Cox, who both won medals in Rio, on the world going “a little bit crazy” in the aftermath of Games success. How Kadeena survived a stroke and a diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis to become one of GB’s greatest athletes and how Ellie views “dwarfism” as “just a name”. “Sometimes it hard to walk. I’ve got little legs…. But it doesn’t stop me.”
Episode 04 – Starring Katherine Grainger
One of GB’s greatest ever sportswomen, with a haul of four silvers and one gold, from five successive Olympics, Dame Katherine Grainger, talks openly about the uncertain dark times leading up to Rio 2016, her wry self-diagnosis of obsessive masochism, her pride in her hard earned final silver and being on the look-out for a nice David Beckham type with whom to settle down.
Episode 05 – Starring Maggie Alphonsi & Goldie Sayers
Rugby World Champion Maggie Alphonsi and Olympic javelin bronze medalist Goldie Sayers discuss body image. Whether muscles have become a popular female accessory. How rugby, alone, gave Maggie a sense of freedom to be herself when she felt strength and aggression in women was generally frowned upon. And Goldie describes why she was able to walk “butt naked” into a room of five men without a care in the world.
Episode 06 – Starring Judy Murray & Kelly Smith
Tennis coach Judy Murray – and Mum to the Andy/Jamie Murray tennis dynasty – talks honestly to England football legend-turned-coach Kelly Smith about the perils and joys of teaching sport. Why she “hated” training sessions geared solely to men and boys and why, in a few years’ time, she’s going to congratulate Kelly on landing the big job. Manager of Arsenal. The men’s team.
Episode 07 – Starring Lizzie Kelly & Sophie Christiansen
Eight times Paralympic dressage champion Sophie Christiansen and celebrated jockey Lizzie Kelly, the first woman to win a Group 1 race in Britain, share thoughts on the financial and cultural discrimination they have encountered within their respective sports. Plus why Sophie searched online for her boyfriend and why Lizzie would never date a male jockey.
Episode 08 – Starring Greg Rutherford & Claire Harvey
Olympic long jump gold medalist Greg Rutherford and Paralympian Claire Harvey discuss the joys, guilt and sleeplessness of sporting parenthood. The heartbreak of leaving children behind to compete, the brutal judgement of social media and the difficulties placed in the path of sporting mothers that don’t apply to sporting dads. And Greg’s emotional time on Strictly.
Episode 09 – Starring Jenny Jones and Emily Evans
Olympic snowboard bronze medalist Jenny Jones and GB rafting gold medalist Emily Evans explain the heart-pumping adrenalin highs of adventure sport and why it becomes addictive. Even when you’re setting off an avalanche on a mountain or being introduced to wild rivers in Western Nepal with warnings to “Mind the Crocodiles.”
Episode 10 – Starring Davina McCall & Asha Philip
Television presenter and fitness campaigner, Davina McCall and Olympic 4×100 relay bronze medalist, Asha Philip, shares notes on the power of motivation. How Davina kicked drugs, drink and cigarettes to discover the addictive benefits of physical workouts instead. How Asha overcame a devastating two year injury break that threatened her career. And why Davina sometimes mistakes herself for Rocky – complete with theme tune.
Episode 11 – Starring Martine Wright & Michelle Partington
Two extraordinary sportswomen, Paralympian Martine Wright, survivor of the 7/7 bombing and Michelle Partington, Invictus athlete, former serving soldier in Afghanistan, exchange stories of damage, heartache and ultimate redemption through sport.