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The Pro Sports Magazine July 2015

The Hannah’s

- world class Paralympians Rebecca Coales, The ‘Haka’, Dragons 7’s Rugby, Fran Kirby, Caroline Buchanan, Anita White, Netball World Cup Exclusive interviews and articles...

FIFA Women’s World Cup review, SIM Outstanding Athlete. Recipes, Top tips and more...

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International WELCOME The Football World Cup is now

to start in England amidst

photo-shoot and interviews

been with records broken for

ever evolving format and the

and disability. Such a fun day

over and what a success it has audiences and press around

the world amongst others. People the world over have been talking about the World

Cup as a sport rather than

‘a women’s game’; pundits have spoken about players as

being skilful and good rather than “she is a good female footballer,” and nations around

the world have watched as






Netball World Cup in Australia launches in August. The world

is becoming more and more used to hearing, watching and

seeing women’s sport with TV

being huge supports, using ‘red button features’ and big

ad campaigns for women’s sport as never seen before.

These are exciting times for

tournament in the world.

urge everyone to enjoy what is

The Football World Cup has

to be done but rather than

now set the precedent of how

to do things going forward and

I look forward to seeing other sports and governing bodies learn from what was achieved in Canada.

As I sit and write this the women’s




spent with them. To many we will be introducing a new

women’s sport and so I would

about how female athletes are bridging the business and

sport gap successfully as well as




World Cup and summarising the Football World Cup that

has just been. It’s packed with information and articles so please read it, share it and tell everyone about it!

happening. Yes there is more


moan about inequality let’s all

the magazine.

get involved to make what is


sport in freediving and talking


networks like the BBC and Fox

their teams have competed for the largest women’s sporting

discussing all things Paralympic





reading and your support of

good better and enjoy what we never thought would be possible 10 years ago. This






Myak-Paul Homberger - Editor


I spent time with for their

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Papaya P h o t o g r a p h y

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International Contents


Contributors 6 The Hannah’s - world class Paralympians



Rebecca Coales – Freediver 18 The Haka 26


Dragons 7’s International Invitational Rugby team


Caroline Buchanan - the modern business woman athlete


FIFA Women’s World Cup review. 44 Inspiring Women to Lead the Way


Sport explained: Netball 58 Netball World Cup - Team Profiles


FIFA World Cup in Numbers 76 Sports International Magazine’s Outstanding Athlete


Pioneers - Dame Mary Peters CH, DBE


Recipe - No Bake fruit, nut and seed bars


Thankyou’s 95 Contact 98

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Contributors Myak-Paul Homberger

Nikki Richardson

Aside from being a huge

Nikki is the Media and

women’s sport, has numerous

the International Netball

sports nut and champion of

qualifications including being a BAWLA qualified weight

training coach, two martial arts black belts alongside

his instructor level in Urban

Krav Maga. He is also an NLP practitioner and sociologist with an HND in RAB.

Photography is his main

passion and he has been

Communications Lead for Federation. She is a member of the Females Achieving

Brilliance (FAB) management group and works with the

Women’s Sport Leadership Academy (WSLA) steering

group – organisations both

committed to helping women develop and make an impact in leadership roles in sport.

published internationally.

Nikki has 25 years’ experience

and women’s national teams,

communications, from

Myak has worked with men’s as well as with premiership

teams and individual players.

in sports marketing and

grassroots to elite level,

across many major sports and flagship global events. She is

passionate about using sport, particularly women’s sport,

as an enabler to change lives. Studying for an MBA, Nikki

is focusing on how women’s sport and business can link

positively through corporate social responsibility.

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Adam Barlow

Adam Barlow’s passion

FAWSL game at Lincoln

watching Lincoln City in the

the official fans’ blogger on

football league system. In

he became more engrossed in

and started watching more

game, writing articles for

order to gain an insight into

compose the player profiles

he was keen to develop his

regularly reports for Sports

at all levels. Watching the

and would like to help give

and beat Serbia in a European


Doncaster in 2011, he was

Away from football his

the players and quickly made

Taekwondo, having trained

more about women’s football.

achieving the rank of third

In 2012 he attended his first

the running of classes.

for football began in 1994

Ladies and started writing as

lower leagues of the English

the website. As time went on

2008 he took up blogging

both writing and the women’s

semi professional football in

the website and helping to

the game at grass roots as

for the website. He now

understanding of the game

International Magazine

England Women’s team play

women’s sport the platform it

Championship qualifier at

very impressed by the skill of

other sporting passion is

the decision to learn and write

in the sport since 1989 and Dan Black Belt and helping in

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The Hannah’s - world class Paralympians talking all things disability and more

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Photo: Papaya Photography

Interview and article by Myak Homberger I feel incredibly privileged to count a Paralympian as a good friend

of mine. She has opened up a whole world to me that I was unaware of and she has taught me so much not only about myself but also

about disability and how people treat people with disabilities. My life is so much richer for her friendship.

As a result of this I have since interviewed many Paralympians, featured them on the cover of the magazine and I have the

greatest of respect for what they do and what they have achieved. The more I listen and learn the more it becomes obvious that there

is a huge gap in understanding and perception in the public eye towards Paraplympians. In part it is because people are scared to ask questions for fear of offending and so when I had the

opportunity to spend time with two Paralympians with such great status I thought what better an opportunity to spend time talking with them about the myths, frustrations and amusing things that the general public wouldn’t know.

Hannah Cockcroft is amongst other things a multi record holding gold medal Paralympian wheel chair racer and Hannah Russell is

one of the brightest stars in swimming, with multiple world records to her name at 18. We covered so much ground in our chat as well as during the photo shoot for the cover that I decided to list key subjects and write about them instead of a standard article. Types of Paralympian There are two types of Paralympians according to Hannah Cockcroft: “ones with a massive chip on their shoulder and second are those that aren’t bothered.” For her it isn’t about those who were born

disabled and those who have become disabled; interestingly, it’s about a mind set within each person and athlete. There are those,

like Hannah who compete because they enjoy it and because they

want to do it - as she says, “the winning is a nice positive, but I would still do it.” And then as she continues to explain, there are those who are ‘tortured souls’ who are doing it to prove a point

and gain something. As Hannah explains, “...they want people to feel sorry for them or they have the attitude that they are going to win gold because it’s their payment for being disabled”.

This is a side to Paralympics you don’t hear of, but one that is a

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familiar one to me: approaches and mindsets in Paralympics that are poles apart with very little middle ground - but very interestingly, not one

based on whether you are born with a disability or not, which would seem to be the obvious conclusion.

For Hannah and nearly all of the Paralympians I

have spoken with, it is about their mindset, their approach to life and how they view themselves.

What sums it up best for me is Hannah Cockcroft’s opening comment to me when we started our chat: “People think Paralympians are inspirational, but we are just people who

decided to get up and do something with our lives.” And Hannah Russell’s, “I don’t think of it as a disadvantage and that makes me a stronger person.”

Both athletes have the view that they are athletes

who happen to have a disability and they find a way of working around it, to them there is no baggage and no excuses. This makes them remarkable people to be around and dominant in their fields.

Common misunderstandings and treatment

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It seems that the biggest frustration with able bodied people is that so often their desire

to help over takes logic and all normal social etiquette. Hannah Cockcroft’s biggest bug bear

is people asking if she needs a push and when she declines still pushing her. As she amusingly

explains, “no one asks if you need help walking and then picks you up and walks along carrying

you!” We all laughed at the absurdity of this potential situation and yet this is how she feels.

This is the thing for so many Paralympians, they just want to be treated normally and given the

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“I don’t think of it as a disadvantage and that makes me a stronger person.”

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to the next and possibly the most important and

yet frustrating of all issues. “People sometimes don’t realise that it’s my legs that don’t work,

not my brain,” says Hannah Cockcroft. A fine

example would be previous cover star Sophie Christensen, who is a triple gold Paralympian with a first class Masters in maths.

The list of examples and frustrations is long and somewhat embarrassing to listen to - yet

it seems that so many people are doing things

like this, not with malice but from a complete lack of understanding. “People talking to you in a child-like voice”! “I am an adult, I am normal,

I just need to sit down a lot,” explains Hannah Cockroft.

The interesting thing in all these conversations is that none of the athletes are angry, there

is a sense of frustration at times but by far the overwhelming sense and desire is to be understood and respected as people and

athletes. Paralympians want to do things

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themselves, they don’t always need help, they live full lives and enjoy them, on occasions they

may need help and for the most part they will ask.

Hannah Russell (who is partially sighted) explains

how she loves her independence, going to university and living on her own, but at times she is aware she needs to ask for guidance and this

seems to be the balance. They are very capable

and if they need help they know it and will ask, for the rest of the time they are just normal athletes and people.

Joking about disability One thing everyone around the world is aware of is that joking about people who are disabled

or joking about disability is a no go area, however behind the scenes at training camps and in Paralympic venues athletes joke with and

about each other and their disabilities. When I

first heard about this I was quite surprised, but as I spend more time with Paralympians it has become one of the common threads.

Both Hannahs laugh as we talk about this aspect of the Paralympic scene. “You have to do it!”

exclaims Hannah Cockcroft. She continues to

explain that for able bodied people to do it and even disabled people who you don’t know

to do it would be offensive, but among friends and fellow athletes it’s funny and part of the

glue that brings them together. It brings a light

hearted sense to something that maybe isn’t in everyday life and provides them with a way of

getting on with it. “It’s a way of accepting who we are,” Hannah says.

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to each other about their personal tragedies,

struggles, etc. with people who fully understand. “Surrounded by disabled people you are no longer different, it’s like therapy,” Hannah

explained about the environment that can be so helpful for Paralympians. Money I have been involved in women’s sport and

championed it for more than ten years now and I am fully aware of the challenges for the athletes,

the teams and womens sport around the world

and yet it pails into insignificance when you listen to the stories of female Paralympians.

I have not met one Paralympian that doesn’t train as hard, work as hard or sacrifice as much

as their able bodied female or male counterparts and yet the gap between female able bodied

and their disabled counterparts is huge and the

gap between them and the men is an ocean of difference. Sometimes pictures say a thousand

words and other times numbers do, so here are some numbers: Hannah





Paralympian, multi-world champion, multi-world record holder last year competed in 54 races around the world, winning all 54 of them and yet was only paid for winning 3 of those races! In

so doing she ‘earned’ £6,000, with all her other

income having to come from sponsorship and

other activities that take her away from training.

By contrast, top male Paralympians can earn

£5,000 just to race in events, so the gap is huge.

“The perception is that because I have won gold medals there is money, the reality is there isn’t,” Hannah says of her dual frustration of having to

train and try and find a way to bring money in - but then also having to convince people that actually she really does need money.

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The thing I find interesting is that both the Hannah’s agree when I ask what the solution is: they say “come watch us compete”, buy a

ticket, because ticket sales boost income, more publicity brings sponsors, sponsors share with their customers, which means more fans and people realising what a great sport it is - and

the circle is complete. What’s important to them

is people being involved more than cold hard cash. Yes, it would help them, but that isn’t their

motivation. Getting people involved and raising

the profile of Paralympics is - and that says a lot about them as people and athletes. Message


‘the Hannahs’





At the end of the interviews and photo shoot I

asked both ‘Hannahs’ if there was a message to


give to readers and their response was this:



“Please see us as the athlete not the disability.


Look at me and think, ‘wow she must train hard


to move so quickly’, and don’t pity or feel sorry



for us. Come and support us,” said Hannah



“Ability, not disability is what I live by and I

want others to see that and appreciate it,” said Hannah Russell.

I love spending time with athletes like this, they

bring challenge to my life and show me how to look at things differently. They are hard working and committed people with the funniest sense

of humour ever! Take the time to watch an

Photo: Papaya Photography

see what an incredible aspect to a sport that is ‘underground’. Let’s make it mainstream.

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photographe Iris Velghe

event, go to an event and chat to them, you will

Cuvée Rosé. The Ultimate.

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Rebecca Coales – freediver

Interview and article by Myak Homberger Imagine holding your long could

a form of adapted underwater breast stroke.

what point if you were underwater would you

you come out of the water you do not remove

that could be....20 seconds....30 seconds? At start to panic?

“It’s relaxing once you have dealt with the urge to breathe,” says Rebecca Coales very matter of factly. Ranked 4th in the World and the holder of

5 UK records, Rebecca loves being in the water as much as she can, missing it when she is not near it.

There are a number of freedive disciplines divided into two main categories, open water

and pool based. There are three pool disciplines in freediving today:

- static apnea: a timed breath-hold underwater with no swimming

- dynamic apnea: the distance a diver covers swimming on one breath

- dynamic apnea no fins: the distance a diver covers swimming without fins on one breath.

Rebecca competes in the pool and in the distance apnea form of discipline; this means

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On top of this, if when you are competing and your goggles, give the ‘ok’ sign and say loudly

enough for the judge to hear, all in that specific

order, you will be automatically disqualified even if you have covered the most distance. As

Rebecca explains, “you have to show the judge that you are fully conscious and this is the real skill to push yourself and come up and do all of

the above in the right order”. This is so much about the mental and the physical and yet on a

different level to most sports, this is also about overcoming a basic human fear and completely

removing the one thing most athletes learn to use so well, oxygen.

So what sort of times and distance are we talking about being underwater for? Rebecca has swum

475ft underwater whilst holding her breath for 3 minutes. Whilst it’s not her disciple of choice

she has also held her breath in the static apnea for 5.27 minutes, a huge achievement and

remarkable to think that the human body is capable of doing that. Rebecca says, “it’s that

primeval fear of not being able to breathe and overcoming those thoughts.”

This seems to be the biggest challenge, the

mental one. Once this has been overcome, it’s

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Photo courtesy Rebecca Coales

“It’s relaxing once you have dealt with the urge t

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to breathe,�

Photo credit Nick Robertson-Brown

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about relaxing into it and enjoying it Rebecca explains. It seems that for her it’s about slowing everything down, looking inside yourself and

your head and almost meditating. She finds peace here and as she talks it’s fascinating to

listen to her complete conviction in what she is doing and the sense you get that down there, holding her breath, she is truly herself.

Rebecca explains that after about 30 seconds people begin to have the urge to breathe, but it’s ‘just’ a signal the body sends to the brain

caused by the chemical changes. “Once you have got your head around that, it’s relaxing and enjoyable,” she says. It’s all about the rising C02 levels in your body, not because your body

doesn’t have oxygen, Rebecca explains, and continues



that it’s about training your responses to deal with the higher levels of

C02 and lower levels of oxygen in your body. If

you have too much C02 then you start to get

headaches as a warning sign. “When you hold

your breath and put

“When you hold your breath and put your face in water your body is built so that it automatically slows your heart rate and starts to bring the oxygen from your extremities to the centre to conserve oxygen. We are designed to do this,”

your face in water your

body is built so that it automatically slows your

heart rate and starts to

bring the oxygen from your extremities to the centre to conserve oxygen. We are designed to

do this,” Rebecca explains of the technical side of freediving. I find it incredible that the human body can do this and that it is designed in this way.

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underwater, have made for a perfect place to learn about yourself and to deal with the stress of

life. But it’s a holistic approach - Rebecca is very clear that freedivers are incredibly conscious of

their diet and fitness. It is the key to being able to do the things they do, so it seems that this is more about a lifestyle and a way of life rather than a sport that you can somehow detach from. It isn’t the first time that athletes we have spoken

to talk about the peace that water brings, but

this is about a connection not to the water as such, but to everything else it brings to her and it all seems good.

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“You never find yourself until you face the truth.” - Pearl Bailey




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The Haka

Photo credit Neil Kennedy

By Myak Homberger

The women’s Haka is not ‘the one the guys do’,

I have had the privilege of seeing the women’s

women and has a completely different meaning.

Haka on many occasions from a front row seat in my role as a photographer. I have also over the years talked with the players of what it means

to perform the Haka and be a part of it. This has been a story I have wanted to tell for some time given the unique and incredible nature of the story as well as the surprising lack of coverage it has had.

it’s completely different, it is specific to the The elders were approached and asked if they

could write a Haka specifically for the women and so one was born, unique to the women. The

Haka speaks of those who have gone before,

their ancestors, the sense of belonging and the honour of representing their country. It is about

celebration and pride. To watch the team do the

Haka is a spine tingling moment as you see the passion and emotion they put into doing it. Here

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is my video from the 2014 Amsterdam 7’s series to give you an insight if you haven’t seen it already Jordan Webber describes doing the Haka as “emotional, giving

everything you’ve got and hearing your sistas beside you doing Photo credit Neil Kennedy

the’s really special.”

THE HAKA (as translated for Rio 2016)

“The clashing of the tides resound, it is the taste of victory that draws us here and we honour the legacy of the champions who precede us, the thrill travels down our spine and we feel the closeness of our ancestors as we alight the battlefield their chiefly cloak caresses the shoulders of this valiant team that roars in full force. We will not submit! Hit hard! Be swift! Fight to the end! In order that the legacy will endure into the future! Here we are! Seize it! It is done!” July 2015 27

Selica Winiata explains what it’s like to do the

Every now and then a player adds a little

where you get goosebumps”.

I like how New Zealand 7’s captain Sara Goss,

Haka: “it’s hard to describe, you get to a place

Every player I have spoken to over the

years has said pretty much the same thing about what the Haka means and

what it means to do it. This is not a derogatory thing but actually shows how imbedded it is in the culture and

that it comes from the grass roots

something that gives us another view of the Haka. whilst talking to me about the Haka, explained

“it’s hard to describe, you get to a place where you get goosebumps”.

through, as opposed to a gimmick that is rolled out for major events. There is

such a deep level of meaning to the women who do the Haka, who have done it and those who

aspire to do it in the legendary black jersey. Each player without exception talks with emotion

about it, you can see and hear how much it means to them.

how the jersey, the Haka and representing New

Zealand all mix into one. Sara talked about the

honours board they have in their changing room and how it showed the level of competition in the team and that it takes a special person to

Photo credit Neil Kennedy

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wear the jersey and that it’s not easy to get one.

Ruby Tui sums it up by saying “It is everything we

jersey there are a lot of tears as it shows what

it’s one of the most emotional and strengthening

As she continued, “when someone does get that it means.” She added, “we don’t play in New

Zealand and so we take our family name on the back of our shirts around the world with us.”

This is the same way as the players speak of taking their families and ancestors with them

stand for, it’s the highest honour you can give, things you can do. It’s of immeasurable importance to us. If it wasn’t for our ancestors

and family, our country wouldn’t be here and we wouldn’t have a country to play for and we wouldn’t be here.”

and that, that is part of what the Haka means

I don’t think you could sum it up better than

with not only their family but their ancestors

is about culture, heritage, thankfulness and a

to them. There is such an incredible connection and those who have gone before, but also the

responsibility that they have for those that are to come - and this is all borne out in the Haka.

It’s a sense of belonging and one of gratitude and humility.

that. For the players who perform it the Haka humility that recognises that they are the chosen few in this moment, that there will be those who are to come and those that have been - and in

this moment it is their responsibility and honour to do the Haka.

Photo credit Neil Kennedy

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Dragons 7’s

International Invitational Rugby team Doing, not talking

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By Myak Homberger I have been involved in women’s sport for many years now and for the last few I years have travelled, been invited to awards, been to many women’s sports events, networks etc. Some have

been incredible and others shocking, but the one theme that runs through all of these is that people need to get involved. Yes,

money is great and so much more can be done with money, but actually there has to be a desire and a vision to start with - and that you can’t buy.

I have always wanted to make a difference and in starting the

magazine I put both my money and a considerable amount of time where my mouth was and the feedback and support has been

great. In doing this the opportunity came up to become a partner

in a women’s rugby 7’s team. The exciting thing for me is that as a South African rugby runs through my veins and so to combine this with women’s sport is the best of both worlds.

The reason for writing this article is to encourage people to get involved in women’s sport at any level and say that by doing, things happen; by just talking nothing happens.

I have looked at everything in the same way I would look at any

business I am involved in and approached things as professionally

as possible. Along with founder and Coach Nigel Francis we started with a set of values and an ethos we wanted all the women who played for the team to uphold: • Enjoy playing and have fun • If you commit to play, keep your word or you are letting the side down

• This is about team not individuals • No second chances if you break your word • Professional in all our conduct

We looked at the players we had relationship with and approached

them, as relationship is what’s important. Having seen some of the smaller nations do incredible things because of relationship, we were clear this is how it needed to be done.

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Running alongside this we wanted to be respectful of the nations the athletes

played for and seek their permission to allow the players to play. We want to work with unions (national governing bodies) and support the good work they are doing. For me this is a key to women’s sport in general: if everyone worked together and supported each other, so much more would be done rather than working in silos or duplicating things.

Kit, kit, kit is something people are always talking about and the list of challenges is a long one and so again we looked at it and decided the best way to support what we are trying to do is create our own from scratch. I’m not saying this is for everyone, it’s only because of my contacts and previous sourcing experience I did it.

But what it gives us is a blank canvas for us to promote and do what we want to do with the kit. We steered clear of ‘pink it and shrink it’ and came up with something

that can work across the genders, appeal to everyone and be used across all the kit

we need. What I also wanted to do was thank the people and companies that have been so supportive of the magazine by putting their logos on the kit.

With all the above sorted I organised a professional photo-shoot with some of the

players in a studio wearing the new kit. I did this because I wanted the players to see that we were serious but also again to be able to give something back to all

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they are supporting women’s sport. With each person and company that talks about women’s

sport, the circle of new people who hear about it and want to know more expands.

It’s not a fairy-tale because the kit still needs tweaking, all the arrangements weren’t perfect and we have learnt a lot. One tournament we

were booked in got cancelled and we lost in

the dying seconds of the final in one but won

another, so a mixed start but what’s important is that everyone enjoyed themselves, everyone got on well and had fun playing the game they all love. Isn’t this what’s important? Yes, we all want to win, but not by doing it at any cost. We

Photos: Papaya Photography

now have a committed group of players who

have had a positive experience, we have learnt a lot and will continue to get better and more

professional as we go - but never loosing sight of why we’re doing it.

All of this has been achieved on less money

than anyone would believe, but we have done something - and if we can do this then think what you can do in your sport, your country or your team? Let’s do rather than just talk.

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Caroline Buchanan -

the modern business woman athlete Photo courtesy Caroline Buchanan

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By Myak Homberger Caroline Buchanan is a x5 World BMX Champion

The stories of athletes struggling are as old as

pinnacle of two sports. I have known Caroline

of sport and business and that she at no point is

and x5 World Mountain Bike Champion at the for a couple of years now and she has featured

in the magazine before. What stood out for me

then and it is something that I have observed

over the last couple of years, is how in a world

where getting hold of money for women’s sports is tough, Caroline has worked relentlessly to

build a business model that is finally working for

her. It shows that it can happen and that there are models other than the obvious out there that can allow female athletes to live their dream without living in debt.

time. What I like about Caroline is her perspective hard done by. This is an athlete who has found a way that works - but what I like is Caroline’s

perspective on all the tough years and getting where she is now. “For five years I said yes to

everything, over-giving to huge brands all to earn

my spot. I see it as an apprenticeship,” Caroline says of her five years creating a business and a

model that is paying off. This is a great way of looking at the early years - and actually a very

positive way for the next generation of athletes as they look to fund themselves and progress in

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their sports.

a better start than she did and that they don’t

To provide some perspective, Caroline says that

set up Buchanan Next Gen (featured in issue

even as a multiple world champion, x16 Australian champion representing her nation, she entered the 2012 Olympics with Aus. $50,000 debt; with

her biggest sponsor providing only $7,000 per

year and others providing product only. In 2014 Caroline finally made a profit, having started competing at the age of nine. This outlook

provides an alternative view to the glamorous one people so often see from the outside.

Caroline’s desire and determination to ensure

that the next generation of BMX riders have

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have all of the challenges she faced, saw her

8). She explains that she didn’t want the girls to face the same challenges that she had faced. With three riders on the team now aged 8, 12

and 14, Caroline says that they are on a better

sponsorship deal than she was in the 2012 Olympics.

Not only has Caroline created a business model

for herself that works, she also wants to give back and is creating an environment where the

young girls can aspire and achieve whilst being supported financially. This is a huge credit to

Photo courtesy Caroline Buchanan

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Photo courtesy Caroline Buchanan

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Caroline in what she has achieved here. These

The cornerstone of Caroline’s success is summed

watching the 2024 Olympics look out for the

active and not waiting for opportunities to come

things don’t happen overnight, so when you are Next Gen girls riding in Australian colours.

The one thing that Caroline repeats throughout

our conversation is “be true to yourself, staying true to yourself, staying true to me”. Part of her success is that people are believing in Caroline

because she is real, she doesn’t compromise because of a lucrative off that doesn’t fit with

who she is, she does it it because it fits with her. Caroline may be a businesses woman but it’s

secondary to having values and being an athlete - and it seems like this in part is the secret of her success. As Caroline says, “it’s about cementing your brand.”

up in her comment about “being super pro-

to me. I made the opportunities”. She explains how she learnt to do Photoshop and design

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world. Caroline explains, “I am literally handing

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The wonderful thing about this is that because multiple media outlets and sponsors suddenly

have content, they use it and talk about it - and

sport and how many more sponsors would participate?

what this does is bring Caroline’s name to the

We can talk for hours about pay equality but

things, but a very effective one. As Caroline

about being pro-active, but it’s also about more

I met Caroline a couple of years ago when she

generation have a better foundation.

fore. It’s a very clever and simple way of doing

Caroline is doing something about it and it’s

says, “’s the 1 percenters that all add up”.

than that: it’s about ensuring that the next

contacted me - and this is her point, that she has contacted media all around the world as

has expanded her reach, pushing herself and her brand and making it as easy as possible for media and sponsors to work with and promote

her, her brand and Buchanan Next Gen - genius. As a media person wanting to promote female

athletes and women’s sport you would be shocked to learn how much I struggle at times

to get anything out of athletes. If more athletes took Caroline’s model and pushed content, how

much more would we see in the media, how many more people would talk about women’s

Photo courtesy Caroline Buchanan

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FIFA Women’s World Cup review. By Adam Barlow The best 24 sides from around the world came together in Canada in June and July to contest

the FIFA Women’s World Cup and all 24 treated the world to some spectacular football and

fascinating matches. Before the tournament

kicked off, much of the talk centred on two issues; would the artificial turf being used in all the stadiums affect the matches, and secondly

would expanding the tournament to 24 teams lessen the quality of the tournament? Thankfully the answer to both was no. Group stages  The hosts Canada got things underway in Group

A against China and although they weren’t at their best, got off to a winning start with a 1-0

win. As predicted beforehand, group A was

one of the closest in the tournament. Canada

collected 5 points to top the group with China taking the runners up spot on goals scored

from the Netherlands who claimed one of the best 3rd place qualifier spots. New Zealand

finished bottom and will look back on a missed penalty against Canada when the score was 0-0 late on as a huge missed opportunity to make 44 July 2015

Photo credit Myroslava Terlecky

headway. Group B was in contrast the most one sided group of all with both Germany and Norway being far too strong for Thailand and Ivory Coast. Germany won the group on goal

difference from Norway largely helped by a 10-0

win over the Ivory Coast in their opening game. The 1-1 draw between Germany and Norway was one of the better of the first round while

Thailand’s 3-2 win over the Ivory Coast was one of the most entertaining.

Holders Japan won all three matches in group

C as expected but what was not expected was

Cameroon beating Switzerland to second place

and becoming the only African side to make the second round. The Swiss did however scrape

through in 3rd place.  Group D was another

very competitive group which was won by the USA with Australia upsetting the form-book

to finish second. Sweden drew all 3 games to

also qualify for the second round. Brazil led the way in group E with a 100% record with

South Korea in second. Spain finished bottom

of the group, only getting one point and thus becoming one of the biggest disappointments

of the whole tournament. France won group F but only after being on the end of the biggest

shock result of the tournament when they lost to 2-0 to Columbia. England took second spot with Columbia in 3rd.  Second round Most of the last 16 games were close as

the action started to hot up. Canada beat

Switzerland 1-0 to set up a last eight clash with

England who came from behind to stun Norway late on. Australia won a knockout game for the

first time at a World Cup beating Brazil 1-0. This

booked a date with Japan in the quarter finals who had eased past the Netherlands 2-1. Over on the other side of the draw Germany thrashed

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Sweden 4-1 to set up a heavy weight showdown

with France who were far too good for South

Korea dispatching them 3-0. Cameroon had won many friends in Canada with their style of play

and attitude, and many were sad to see them eliminated at the hands of China who won 1-0.

The last quarter final saw the USA end Columbia’s progress; running out 2-0 winners. Quarter finals The heavyweight showdown between France and

Germany lived up to the hype. France dominated the match and took the lead with a stunning

strike from Luisa Necib. However Germany drew level late in the game with a penalty from Sasic. The teams couldn’t be separated in extra time

and became the only match to be decided by penalties in the tournament. There had to be a

fall guy and sadly for France Clair Lavogez saw

her penalty saved as Germany prevailed 5-4 on

penalties. There was no such worry for the USA who beat China 1-0 in a one sided contest. Japan won the battle of the Asian qualifiers by beating

Australia. Canada had failed to really hit top

gear in the tournament and the last eight was

to be the point when they left their own party as

England stunned them with 2 early goals in front of over 54,000 fans in Vancouver. Sinclair did pull one back for the hosts but it wasn’t enough. Semi finals Penalty taking has often been the strength of

German football so when they had a penalty against the USA in the second half of their

semi final game there only seemed to be one outcome. However Sasic dragged it wide. Minutes later the USA were awarded a spot

kick and this time Lloyd made no mistake. The Americans added another later on to reach their 4th final in 7 attempts.  The second semi final saw 46 July 2015

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another two penalties with Japan striking first

based approach. Japan however were totally

the Lionesses. With the game heading to extra

after only 16 minutes, with Lloyd hitting a hat-

through Miyama with Williams hitting back for

time Laura Bassett diverted a cross into the back of her own net in heartbreaking fashion. England had been the revelation of the tournament and

won many admirers for both their style of play

and the cruel way by which they were eliminated. England weren’t quite done though as they

over whelmed as the US raced into a 4-0 lead trick for the US including a fantastic 50 yard

strike. There was simply no way back for Japan

even though they got some credibility back in

the second half, as the US ran out 5-2 winners

and became the first side to win the Women’s Word Cup 3 times.

claimed the bronze medal by beating Germany

The USA may have got their hands on the trophy

had ever beaten Germany and underlined their

and the fans all over the world who were treated

1-0 in extra time. This was the first time England status as one of the world’s best.

but the real winner was the Women’s game itself to a month of fantastic football.

The final The final was a contrast of styles; the high energy

style of the USA and the Japanese possession

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Inspiring Women to Lead the Way By Nikki Richardson In June 2014, 36 outstanding women from 14 countries, representing every continent, came together for the Women’s

Sport Leadership Academy (WSLA) - a week-long residential course

designed to forge the future leaders of women’s sport worldwide. Building on the success of last year’s event, WSLA is taking place again this month, hosted by the University of Chichester in the UK, and facilitated by the Anita White Foundation and Females Achieving Brilliance (FAB).  

WSLA 2015 will see more than 40 leaders from women’s sport in 18 countries participating in a unique residential learning environment,

which includes high-profile guest speakers, workshops, personal development planning, national and international support groups, as well as physical activities.

A towering force in the international women and sport

movement, former  England Women’s Hockey captain and Sport 52 July 2015

England Director Anita White explains that

the importance of WSLA is helping women in middle and senior management positions in national and international sports organisations

to overcome barriers and move into senior

decision making positions: “Essentially WSLA is about empowering and inspiring women to go back to their organisations in their own countries

and make a difference. The motivation they get

from attending a week-long intensive residential course is really to feel they can do it.

“For many years we have thought sport was missing out because there weren’t enough

women leaders. It’s only recently that more women leaders have emerged in this country,

and in a lot of other countries sport is very much a male domain. We feel that this situation disadvantages




women.  What’s remarkable is that when you get a group of women together, even though

they come from different situations, locations and cultures, you find that they share a huge

amount. A lot of them have experienced many of the same things and have found their way

through barriers. They share these things with

each other, and it creates a really interesting dynamic.”

“It’s only recently that more women leaders have emerged in this country, and in a lot of other countries sport is very much a male domain.”

White passionately believes that,

given the opportunity, women’s sport has the power to improve

lives: “We have quite a lot of women coming from sport for development

organisations, where sport is being

used as a tool for personal and social development, and for international development. For example we have

women running their own projects geared to

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their leadership skills – more about personal development than simply developing their sporting abilities.”

Hugely improved media coverage of women’s sport in the UK seems to indicate a sea-change in the attitude of broadcasters and

will undoubtedly attract investment from commercial partners. White is optimistic, and salutes the work of others raising public awareness of women’s sport:  “There’s been a huge change.  It

seemed that a lot of the spotlight was on women during the 2012

London Olympics. I think women really came through in terms of the public consciousness, women presenters on TV, people

like Clare Balding and Gabby Logan are right up there in the mainstream. There are women like Denise Lewis speaking for

sport, and a lot of very, very good women involved in sport in the media. Of course the women’s performances at the Games were excellent as well, and that really helped.”

Of course women’s sport extends far beyond the Olympians, as

White points out: “Women’s cricket has come up hugely, women’s hockey, women’s football, women’s rugby, netball, all those team

sports that for so long have been Cinderellas, have come up in

terms of what is offered to sports women, especially at elite level. They’ve suddenly got much, much more backing financially and they’re doing really well.”

Clean sport and sporting excellence is crucial, but so are the

women in sports federations that drive inclusive sport forward. White believes that WSLA provides a unique opportunity for these women to meet and share learning:  “I don’t think there are too

many other opportunities to get the kind of personal development

experience WSLA provides, alongside an international networking experience. That’s something very special  and I think the notion of sharing with people from around the globe is attractive, and for many of

these women there won’t be these

kind of leadership opportunities in their countries. The applicants show a great deal of initiative in

raising a proportion of the funds themselves. We then try and help

“There’s been a huge change. It seemed that a lot of the spotlight was on women during the 2012 London Olympics.”

with scholarships, top ups and travel grants.”

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A week seems a very short time to change the world, but WSLA’s effect is deliberately long-reaching, White explains: ‘”It’s not just about the residential week – we stay in touch with the women,

to provide mentoring and guidance. We ask them to let us know

what they are doing, so we can measure the impact of what we are doing. It’s not just that when they go away they feel more

confident and skilled-up in their abilities – it is also about what they do when they get back.”

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White is understandably proud of what WSLA

brand image, they would be associated with

the need for further work. WSLA is joint effort

global women’s sport development, which is a

is achieving, but characteristically candid about between the Anita White Foundation (AWF),

Females Achieving Brilliance (FAB), led by Pauline

Harrison and Lucy Faulkner, which provides a forum




support high-

flying females in sport

organisations in the UK, and the University of Chichester. White identifies missing is






something that was very positive, particularly in real ‘good news’ story’. We will be looking out

for an organisation that is interested in women

and sport, and the women’s sport market. It is

“I don’t think there are too many other opportunities to get the kind of personal development experience WSLA provides”

obviously attractive to be



WSLA by name, but from





perspective we can offer the opportunity for the

staff of a commercial

partner to share skills

partner: “We are very committed to securing

and experience with women engaged in life-

really generous in supporting us with their staff

a better personal development opportunity

a commercial sponsor. The university has been

and facilities, but it’s unrealistic to expect that they can do that ad infinitum. We need to be self-sufficient in a business sense.”

White has a clear idea of the kind of partner

WSLA will be looking for – and the opportunities

and benefits a commercial partner would gain: ‘We would be looking for an organisation

that shares our values and can go along with our objectives. Of course they will benefit

from access to a global network. In terms of

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changing projects globally – and you don’t get than that.”

The 2015 Women’s Sport Leadership Academy will be underway by the time these words are

read. 43 women, decision makers, ‘doers’, will be sharing their experiences, learning from

each other, networking and returning to their organisations energised. The success of WSLA

is evidence that this an exciting time to be in women’s sport – and that women are making change happen.

Photo Credit: Huw Williams

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Netball Netball is a fast, skilful team game based on running, jumping, throwing and catching. Teams may include up to 12 players but only 7 may take the court at any one time. 58 July 2015

Sports Explained

Photos courtesy Netball World Cup

Each player has a playing position determined by the areas on the court where they may move. The playing positions are shown by

identification letters worn above the waist, on both the front and

the back of the player. Those positions are GS, GA, WA, C, WD, GD and GK.

The major aim of the game is to score as many goals as is possible

from within an area called the Goal Circle, which is a semi-circle centred on the goal line and measuring 4.9 metres in radius (16

feet). Only two players from each team may score goals, the Goal Attack and Goal Shooter.

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A Netball is made of leather, rubber or similar

material, weighing 400 - 450 gms (14 - 16 ounces) and measuring 690 - 710 mms (27 - 28 inches) in circumference.

The Court is 30.5 metres (100 feet) long and 15.25 metres (50 feet) wide, which is divided into thirds. There is a center circle with a diameter of 0.9 metres

(3 feet) and two goal circles which are semi-circles measuring 4.9 metres (16 feet) in radius.

All lines are part of the court and measure 50mm (2 inches) in width.

The Goal Posts are placed mid point of each goal line and measure 3.05 metres (10 feet) in height. The goal rings have an internal diameter of 380mm (15 inches).

The goal ring projects horizontally from the post on

a single attachment measuring 150mm (6 inches) in length.

A game consists of 4 x 15 minute quarters with an

interval of 3 minutes between the first and second and third and fourth quarters and a 5 or 10 minute half time interval.

The Rules of Netball may be placed into two generic

groups, those which infringe only a rule and are called minor rules although they make up the majority of the rules, and those which infringe the rights of an opponent and consequently are called major rules.

The minor rules, among which are the infringements

of held ball, stepping, breaking, offside and over a

third, are penalized with a free pass. The major rules, which mainly consist of obstruction, intimidation, contact and discipline are penalized with a penalty

pass or penalty pass or shot. In this penalty, the offender must stand out of play until the ball has left the thrower’s hands.

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“The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.” - Alice Walker




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Netball World Cup - Team Profiles Australia (Diamonds) - World ranking: 1 Australia will contest their 14th consecutive Netball World Cup in Sydney. They are one of only 4 nations participating in Sydney along with England, Jamaica & New Zealand who will continue their

record of having played at every World Cup since 1963. On top of this, Australia has never finished lower than 2nd at a Netball World

Cup, an amazing result but equally one that puts huge pressure on the team. This will be the 3rd time Australia has hosted the Netball World Cup, with their first hosting of the Netball World Cup in Perth in 1967 and then Sydney in 1991.

Barbados (Bajan Gems) - World ranking: 10  Barbados will compete at their 8th Netball World Cup in Sydney in 2015. Barbados first participated at the 1979 World Cup in Port of

Spain, Trinidad, where they finished 8th out of 19 nations. Sydney will be the 6th consecutive World Cup Barbados has appeared at. Barbados’ highest World Cup finish was 6th in 1987 in Glasgow. England - World ranking: 3  England are one of 4 nations participating in Sydney along with

Australia, Jamaica & New Zealand that will continue their record

of having played at every World Cup since 1963. England has

never finished lower than 4th place at the World Cup with its

highest ever finish being 2nd behind Australia in 1975 in Auckland, New Zealand. England has hosted the Netball World Cup on 2

occasions, the first tournament in 1963 in Eastbourne and then in 1995 in Birmingham. England has had a different coach at all 13 previous World Netball Cups.

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Fiji - World ranking: 7 Fiji will compete at their 8th Netball World Cup in Sydney in 2015.  Fiji first participated at the 1975 World Cup in Auckland, New

Zealand where they finished 8th out of participating 11 nations.

Sydney will be the 5th consecutive World Cup Fiji has appeared at. Fiji’s highest World Cup finish was 6th in 1999 in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Jamaica - World ranking: 4 Jamaica is one of 4 nations participating in Sydney along with Australia, England & New Zealand that will continue their record

of having played at every World Cup since 1963. Jamaica’s highest

World Cup finish is 3rd on 3 occasions (2007, 2003 & 1991) and their lowest finish is 6th in 1967 in Perth, Australia. Jamaica has hosted the Netball World Cup twice, 1971 and 2003 both in Kingston. Malawi (Malawi Queens) - World ranking: 5  This will be Malawi’s 5th Netball World Cup appearance.  Malawi first played at the World Cup in 1995 in Birmingham, England

where they finished in 8th out of 27 participating nations. Malawi’s highest ever World Cup finish was 5th at the 2007 World Cup in Auckland, New Zealand. 

New Zealand - World ranking: 2 New Zealand is one of 4 nations participating in Sydney along

with Australia, England & Jamaica that will continue their record

of having played at every World Cup since 1963. New Zealand has won the Netball World Cup on 4 occasions, 3 times outright

(1967, 1987 & 2003) and in 1979 jointly with Australia and Trinidad & Tobago. New Zealand has never finished lower then 3rd place at the Netball World Cup. New Zealand has hosted the Netball

World Cup on 3 occasions (1975 Auckland, 1999 Christchurch & 2007 Auckland) 

Samoa - World ranking: 13 Samoa will compete at their 7th Netball World Cup in Sydney. Samoa first participated at the 1991 World Cup in Sydney where

they finished 8th out of 20 participating nations. Sydney will be the 66 July 2015

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7th consecutive World Cup Samoa has appeared at. Samoa competed as Western Samoa at the

1991 & 1995 World Cups. In 1997 it formally changed its name to Samoa. Samoa’s highest

World Cup finish was 6th out of 24 participating nations in 2003 in Kingston, Jamaica. Scotland - World ranking: 12  Scotland will compete at their 13th Netball World Cup in Sydney. Scotland missed just the last World

Cup in Singapore in 2011, but has played in all 12 other World Cups. Scotland first participated

at the 1963 World Cup in Eastbourne, England

where they finished 8th out of 11 participating

nations. Scotland’s highest World Cup finish is 6th on three occasions, outright in 1983 in Singapore & 1971 in Kingston, Jamaica and

equal 6th with Wales in 1975 in Auckland, New Zealand.

Singapore - World ranking: 18 Singapore will compete at their 9th Netball World

Cup in Sydney. Singapore first participated at the 1967 World Cup in Perth, Australia where

they finished 8th out of 8 participating nations. Singapore’s highest World Cup finish was 8th at

the 1967 World Cup but its best positional finish

was 12th at the 1999 World Cup in Christchurch, New Zealand where 26 nations participated. South Africa - World ranking: 6  This will be South Africa’s 8th Netball World

Cup appearance. South Africa first played at

the World Cup in 1963 in Eastbourne, England where they finished 6th out of 11 participating nations. South Africa played at the 1967 World Cup in Perth and did not reappear until 1995 in

Birmingham, England after South African sports

teams were again allowed to compete on the

world stage post-apartheid. This will be South 70 July 2015

Africa’s 6th consecutive World Cup appearance. South Africa’s highest ever World Cup finish was 2nd at the 1995 World Cup in Birmingham,

England. South Africa played Australia in the final losing the match 48-68. South Africa is the only

nation other than Australia and New Zealand to have played in a World Cup final. Finals were

introduced in 1991 in Sydney, Australia and South Africa’s appearance in that final against

Australia remains the only time any other nation has been part of the 6 previous Netball World Cup finals.

Sri Lanka - World ranking: 24 Sri Lanka will compete at their 9th Netball World Cup in Sydney. Sri Lanka was known as Ceylon

when it participated at the 1963 World Cup in

Eastbourne, England. They finished 9th out of the 11 participating nations. Sri Lanka was known as Ceylon until 1972 when it gained independence

and was renamed. Sri Lanka’s highest World Cup finish was 9th out of 11 participating nations at the 1963 World Cup. Their best positional finish

was 12th place at the 1999 World Cup where there were 26 nations.

Trinidad & Tobago World ranking: 9 Trinidad & Tobago will compete at their 13th Netball World Cup in Sydney. Trinidad & Tobago Photo courtesy Netball World Cup

missed just the 1991 World Cup in Sydney but

have played all 12 other World Cups. Trinidad & Tobago are the only other nation other than Australia and New Zealand to be crowned World Netball Champions. Trinidad & Tobago were joint

winners with Australia and New Zealand in 1979 in Port of Spain, Trinidad. Trinidad & Tobago’s

lowest Netball World Cup finish was 11th out of 16 participating nations at the 2007 World Cup

in Auckland, New Zealand. Trinidad & Tobago hosted the 1979 Netball World Cup in Port of Spain, Trinidad.

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Uganda World ranking: 15 They were undefeated winning all 5 tests.  Uganda has qualified for their 2nd Netball World Cup. Their last appearance was in 1979 in Port of Spain in Trinidad & Tobago. Uganda finished 13th out of 19 participating nations at their only

World Cup appearance in 1979 in Port of Spain, Trinidad. Uganda is one of four African nations with Malawi, South Africa & Zambia to qualify for the Netball World Cup 2015 in Sydney. Wales - World ranking: 8  Wales will compete at their 13th Netball World

Cup in Sydney. Wales missed just the 1967 World Cup in Perth, Australia but they have played in

all 12 other World Cups. Wales first participated at the 1963 World Cup in Eastbourne, England where they finished 10th out of 11 participating nations. Wales’ highest World Cup finish was 6th on two occasions, outright in 1979 in Port

of Spain, Trinidad and equal 6th with Scotland in 1975 in Auckland, New Zealand. Zambia World ranking: 22  Zambia has qualified for their 2nd Netball World Cup. Their

last appearance was in 1999

in Christchurch, New Zealand

where they finished 17th out

of 26 participating nations. Zambia is one of four African

nations with Malawi, South

Africa & Uganda to qualify for

the Netball World Cup 2015 in Sydney.

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The Basic FLEX TAPE Techniques 1.






End-To-End Taping Technique

Centre Taping Technique

This is the most common application technique. Tear and remove the backing tape 2-3cm from one end and apply the tape to the skin with 0% stretch to create an anchor. Then lay the tape with the desired stretch, finishing with 0% tension at the end.

This technique is used to apply SPORTTAPE over a point of pain or around a joint. Tear the centre of the backing paper and peel back either side leaving 2-3cm at each end. Apply the exposed tape to the skin with the recommended stretch leaving 0% tension at both ends.

Top Tips

Round the corners of the tape before applying to skin.

Requires: 2x Long <I-Strip> 1x Short <I-Strip> Position: Standing and Calf Stretched

Calf Pain 1. Anchor the base of a long <I-Strip> to the lower calf just above the Achillies Tendon. Stretch the calf and apply tape with 0% tension.

2. Repeat with the other long <I-Strip> but on the otherside of the calf.

Requires: 1x Long <Y-Strip> 1x Short <I-Strip> Position: Standing

AC Joint Start with clean dry skin, and preferably trimmed or shaved hair.


Bend arm behind back. Anchor the <Y-Strip> midway down the arm and apply the first tail around the front of the shoulder with 0% tension.

Never apply to broken or frail skin.

2. Raise arm forwards and across body. Apply the second tail with 0% stretch around the back of the shoulder.

Handle the backing paper, not the glue.

3. Using the centre technique, apply the final <I-Strip> over the AC joint with 50% stretch.

Requires: 2x Long <I-Strip> Position: Lying Down

Ankle Swelling Apply 30 minutes before activity.

3. Using the centre technique, Apply the short <I-Strip> across the point of pain with 50% stretch and anchor both ends.

Cut and prepare lymph 1. fan. Anchor with 0% stretch and apply tails with 15% tension in a wave pattern towards the ankle and over the swelling.

1. Repeat step 1 and anchor the strip from the opposite side of the leg.

Knee Pain

Requires: 1x Long <Y-Strip> 1x Short <I-Strip> Position: Seated and Knee Bent

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Using the centre technique, Apply the short <I-Strip> below the kneecap with 50% stretch and anchor either end.

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DAY ONE - Friday 7 August

DAY FIVE - Tuesday 11 August


Allphones Arena

Allphones Arena


Preliminary Round Matches

Doors Open at 9.30am

Qualification Round Matches

Doors Open at 9.00am



Jamaica v Samoa


Qualification Round Match



Malawi v South Africa


Qualification Round Match



England v Scotland


Qualification Round Match



New Zealand v Barbados


Qualification Round Match



Opening Ceremony


New Zealand V TBC



Australia v Trinidad & Tobago


Australia V TBC

Netball Central

Preliminary Round Matches

Netball Central

Qualification Round Matches

Fiji v Wales

Two Qualification Round Matches

Singapore v Sri Lanka Uganda v Zambia

DAY TWO - Saturday 8 August Allphones Arena

Preliminary Round Matches

Doors Open at 10.00am

DAY SIX - Wednesday 12 August Allphones Arena

Qualification Round Matches

Doors Open at 9.00am


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New Zealand v Trinidad & Tobago


Qualification Round Match


Australia v Barbados


New Zealand V TBC


England v Jamaica


Australia V TBC


Malawi v Sri Lanka

Netball Central

Qualification Round Matches

Netball Central

Preliminary Round Matches

One Qualification Round Match

Scotland v Samoa

Doors Open at 9.00am 10.20am

Wales v Zambia


Trinidad & Tobago v Barbados


Australia v New Zealand


England v Samoa


Malawi v Singapore

DAY FOUR - Monday 10 August Allphones Arena

Preliminary Round Matches

Doors Open at 11.00am 12.20pm

South Africa v Sri Lanka


Special Event – Australian Netball Diamonds on court*

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Fiji v Zambia


Wales v Uganda


Jamaica v Scotland




Preliminary Round Matches




Allphones Arena


Qualification Round Match

Fiji v Uganda

DAY THREE - Sunday 9 August




South Africa v Singapore







DAY SEVEN - Thursday 13 August Allphones Arena

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Doors Open at 1.00pm





Qualification Round Match


Qualification Round Match


Qualification Round Match


Qualification Round Match

* Australian Diamonds Special Event: To celebrate the Netball World Cup Schools Legacy Program and the World’s Biggest Netball Clinic, the Australian Netball Diamonds will make a special appearance on court, at Allphones Arena on Day 4, Monday 10 August 2015. Please note the game times of Australian and New Zealand matches on days 5, 6 & 8 are known based on broadcast agreements.


mpetition Schedule for NWC2015.

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FIFA World Cup in Numbers For those of you that love stats then here it is!

Competition Stats

been a huge success not just with the number

Total of 146 goals scored

The FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 has

of records that were broken but the feel good factor it created around the world and all the

media coverage and “chat” online. As well as this the support and way that FIFA have run this

World Cup is an example to other sports as to

how it should be done, they are a true credit to women’s sport.

With all 52 matches played over 30 day

tournament a total of 1.35 million fans attended. So aside from the USA claiming a historic third

title here are some FIFA stats to enjoy and see

just how far the game has come for women, its incredible and exciting to be a part of. Attendance Stats Total attendance: 1,353,506 Average attendance: 26,029 Biggest attendance: 54,027 for the Canada vs. England quarter-final in Vancouver

Seven matches had over 50,000 spectators in attendance

Canada 2015 set a new total attendance record

for a FIFA competition other than the FIFA World Cup™

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Average of 2.81 goals per match compared to 2.69 in 2011

Average of 173.7 duels per match compared to 155.5 in 2011

Average of 374.3 short passes per match

compared to 332.2 in 2011 (England achieved

a historic first victory over Germany after 18 defeats and two draws.

USA vs. Japan beat the previous record set in 2011 for the highest scoring Final in FIFA Women’s World Cup™ history

Carli LLOYD (USA) scored the first ever hat-trick in a FIFA Women’s World Cup™ Final

USA surpassed Germany as the top scoring team in FIFA Women’s World Cup™ history with 112 goals

TV stats Canada: CTV and RDS broke the Canadian

viewing record for any FIFA Women’s World Cup™ match (quarter-final: average audience 3.2 million)

Photo credit Myroslava Terlecky

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USA: FOX scored its biggest ever audience for a football match (semi-final: average audience 8.4 million)

France: W9 achieved its best figures on record and set a new French digital terrestrial viewing record (quarter-final: average audience 4.1 million)

Japan: Fuji TV attracted more than twice the number of viewers for the semi-final than in 2011 (semi-final: 9.3 million)

Broadcasters in the following countries beat

the highest TV audience for any match from the

2011 edition of the FIFA Women’s World Cup™: Australia, Brazil, China, Korea Republic and Norway

Digital Stats 20 million unique visitors to FIFA

Women’s World Cup™ section, consuming 225

million pages and spending 7.8 billion seconds engaged

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178% increase in daily visitors to FIFA

Women’s World Cup™ section compared to 2011

130% increase in followers for the FIFA Women’s World Cup™ Facebook Page to 662,000

81% increase in Twitter followers for @FIFAWWC to 222,000

37% increase in followers for FIFA on Instagram to 1.37 million

9 billion impressions of Tweets about the FIFA Women’s World Cup™

FIFA’s YouTube channel smashed its all-time monthly views record in June (28 million views vs. 19 million in June 2014 during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™) Photos credit Myroslava Terlecky

Canada 2015 attracted 19 million views on FIFA’s

YouTube channel, with 38 million minutes of

content consumed. 7 million views in the United

States, 2 million in Canada and 1.75 million in Japan during the competition. Plus, 15 hours of the 6th FIFA Women’s Football Symposium live streamed

Source: FIFA and Prozone Sports GmbH

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WOMEN’S FOOTBALL The Live Your Goals campaign is part of FIFA’s long-term commitment to support women’s football worldwide and encourage more young women and girls to participate in the sport.

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AT H L E T E Fran Kirby

By Myak Homberger There are so many reasons why Fran Kirby should

match, a dream start to her career.

of the people/athletes who when you first meet

Fran has only been involved in the England senior

The humbleness, the smiley face and genuine

been player of the match, been to a World Cup

such a great athlete and person.

Not a bad start for someone who only came back

Fran started playing at a young age and joined

I love about Fran was the story surrounding her

be our outstanding athlete this issue. Fran is one you instantly warm to, it’s hard not to like her.

squad for a year and yet in that time she has

love of the beautiful game is what makes Fran

and scored England’s first goal in the World Cup.

her hometown club, Reading, at the age of

seven and made her debut for the first team at the age of sixteen. Amongst her accolades, she was top division 2 scorer in her first year back in football after a break, won a gold medal with Team GB at the Uni Games, achieved 24 goals in

to football a couple of years ago. For me, what come back to football was her starting to play

Sunday league and doing it because she loved it. To me that’s the story and the role model, Fran

loves playing and she exudes that happiness and delight that’s contagious.

sixteen appearances in the 2014 season, ending

Aside from all the stuff fairy tales are made of, she

at the 2014 FA Women’s Awards she was named

division club (Reading WSL2 division) - the first

Fran took nine goals in her first two league

from the second division. Add to this that she

to the World Cup, showing what superb form

Messi, regarded by many is the best footballer

the season as the league’s top goal scorer and

also until the middle of July, played for a second

the inaugural WSL2 Players’ Player of the Year.

player to be picked to represent their country

appearances for Reading this year prior to going

was dubbed ‘mini Messi’ (reference to Lionel

she was in. She scored in her first international

of the generation) during the World Cup as well

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Photo credit Myroslava Terlecky

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as signing to Chelsea for a record £50,000 fee

From Fran’s first appearance I and the team have

doing it at speed, but with a smile and relishing

grow and succeed as she has, it’s been a pleasure

in July. This is someone who is doing it all and it. As she said to me, “I’m taking the challenges

and loving the pressure,” and this she does full-on. To watch her train or listen to how she

pushes herself even by her own admission, “...

working hard is part of being at an international level and I take it very seriously, week in week out giving 110%”.


been fans and I have so enjoyed watching her

to witness. Her passion for life, her love and

enjoyment of football and the tangible love and closeness for her mother and all that she did and gave to her and how she holds that memory is

moving. So for all this and more to come, this is the reason Fran Kirby is our outstanding athlete of this issue.

Congratulations to ... Fran Kirby

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Dame Mary Peters CH, DBE By Myak Homberger The stories of pioneering women in sport

have always fascinated and inspired me, hence starting a feature in the magazine on pioneers.

What I have found so incredible is to be able to

meet and spend time with some of these living

Photo courtesy Dame Mary Peters

legends; words can’t explain what it is like to sit with such amazing athletes and trailblazers of the modern era.

Dame Mary Peters is by no means an exception to this. She represented Northern Ireland in pentathlon and shot putt at every

Commonwealth Games between 1958 and 1974. What an incredible amount

of time to represent your country and aged 33, in her third and last Olympics Mary won gold in Munich in the pentathlon. As well as this she won 3 gold and a silver

“I went to Munich believing I could win and that I wanted to.”

Commonwealth games medals in her career.

There are so many things that make Mary’s story so amazing, she finished 4th in 1964 and 9th in 1968, so to then win gold in 1972 was a huge

comeback. Not only this, but in winning she set

two new world records. First, she beat the local favourite Germany’s Heide Rosendahl by the

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Photo courtesy Dame Mary Peters

smallest number of points (10) and gained the

separate buses across the city to go and train, as

As Mary recounts, “I went to Munich believing I

whilst working full time!

most number of points for the pentathlon 4,800. could win and that I wanted to.”

Although she was so focused on winning the thing I like whilst talking with her is that she

still enjoyed it and it was an experience she was clearly enjoying and made her enjoy every

minute. She knew how hard she had trained and

the sacrifices she had made to be there. Mary recalls how because there were no training facilities in Belfast she had to walk and catch two

she says, “all whilst bombs were going off” and

Mary’s victory was marred by the troubles in

Northern Ireland though and once again she

proved what an amazing person she is. Death

threats were phoned into the BBC after her winning saying: “Mary Peters is a Protestant and

has won a medal for Britain. An attempt will be

made on her life and it will be blamed on the IRA ... Her home will be going up in the near future.”

Despite this Mary insisted on going back to July 2015 87

Photo courtesy Dame Mary Peters

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“it’s been a wonderful life, I couldn’t change a thing. We did it for the travel and success and fun.”

Photo courtesy Dame Mary Peters

Belfast. She was greeted by fans and a band at

and offered her the equivalent of £1,000 to

but was not allowed back in her flat for three

“I didn’t take it, I wasn’t going to take it and

the airport and paraded through the city streets,

months. Mary speaks so fondly of how she was welcomed and as she does you get the sense she

sees people as people rather than a religion or

cover her expenses and she refused point blank. I didn’t want anyone to say I lost my amateur status,” she said.

sect or colour - and it’s this view that allowed her

These were times that are so different to

Northern Ireland.

prize money parity and the low pay and money

This was the era of the non-professional, the

people like Mary funded their sport themselves

and continues to see her help so many people in

amateur and Mary was adamant that if she was an amateur that’s how it should be. She recalls a

story to me of how after one event a gentleman who had promoted the event approached her

today. There is so much talk about pay parity, in general for female athletes today and yet

whilst representing their countries as complete

amateurs. One of the many things that stands

out about Mary is her attitude to the women

earning a living as athletes now and all that goes

July 2015 89

Photo courtesy Dame Mary Peters

with it from sponsorship deals to agents etc. “I

She finishes by saying, “I was in the red when I

from it now. You can only sleep in one bed, as

change a thing. We did it for the travel and

have no resentment for those earning a fortune

long as they are putting something back,” Mary said.

As we continue to talk she is clear that the modern

era and the last couple of years in particular have seen a lot of positives for women’s sport but she balances it with a caution to this generation

that putting money over country and money over enjoyment and love of the sport isn’t right

and that giving back is vital. She appreciates

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retired, but it’s been a wonderful life, I couldn’t success and fun.”

To Mary giving back is the key to it all and the

passion and enthusiasm with which she talks is wonderful to listen to and be a part of. What I

like as well is that she would do it all again in

a heartbeat and not change a thing, not even money. What a great way to look back on your life and career, a truly remarkable pioneer.

“If I had to live my life again, I’d make the same mistakes, only sooner.” Tallulah Bankhead





July 2015 91 TM

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Thank you’s It’s amazing to me that we are at issue 16 and 3 years down the road from the idea of doing a magazine, so firstly a huge thank you to all those who have read the magazine and passed it on. To all the athletes, coaches and support staff that have given their time so graciously. To all the governing bodies that have seen the vision and been so supportive, thank you.

you are now. To Dame Mary Peters, such a pleasure to spend time with you and learn from you. Ian and the 17 Management team for conducting themselves in such a different way, a real breath of fresh air! To “the Hannah’s,” such fun spending time with you and knowing that you have such a future ahead still is exciting.

A huge thank you to all our sponsors who are such great supporters of women’s sport and all they do behind the scenes - Laurent-Perrier, Spur Restuarants, The Biltongman, Performance Mouthwear, The Haricot Bread Company, Rugby Spy, Sporttape. You are a shinning example of people you believe in and are passionate about women’s sport, thank you.

To Nikki and INF, you are a shining example of how passionate and supportive governing bodies can be and to The Netball World Cup, thank you for all your info and help. Adam and Myroslava such legends, so committed to women’s sport and football in particular, thank you for all your help and positivity. FIFA thank you for not only providing access but also your support and the media packs you produce have been amazing. The World Cup was sublime, thank you!

As far as this issue goes, I would like to thank the whole of the New Zealand team both present and those past that I know and have spent time with, it’s been a privilege to watch you develop and grow into the amazing team

So once again thank you for reading and I hope you enjoy this issue.

The views and opinions expressed by the writers in this magazine are their own and not necessarily those of Sports International Magazine. © Copyright 2015 Sports International Magazine. All Rights Reserved July 2015 95




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