Through his enjoyment for interacting with people and getting on the mic, Abid begun the Road to Rio podcast interviewing Australian Olympians and Paralympians from various disciplines prior to the Rio 2016 Games. Abid has continued podcasting through a new show called Freo de Janeiro which delivers entertaining and powerful conversations with a diverse range of exceptional people.
Show Notes: I am pumped for this episode because it's packed with firsts and has been a while in the making. It was as experimental as anything I've produced and rough around the edges. But you know what? that's the Freo de Janeiro way. Once upon a time in the world of travel pre-COVID I was in Budapest, Hungary for the Sziget music festival, which on a side note is a great event. I was committed to not just visiting for the fun and disco dancing but to actually find out about whats happening in society. I researched some of whats going down in the human rights area and was dismayed. So I thought it would be really wonderful to talk to sports leaders from minority groups at the coalface, voices you may never really hear on a podcast. So I visited the Mahatma Gandhi Human Rights Organisation to talk to their founder and president Gibril Deen, an inspiring man who is originally from Gambia in Africa and has lived in Budapest for over 30 years. Later in this episode you'll also hear from and a social worker/boxing coach Pécsiné Lázár Melinda who is an incredible Romani woman inspiring Gypsy youth. That’s two guests for the price of one! These sounds were captured in the office of the organisation, which is an apartment next to a noisy train station, so don’t mind the immersive Budapest background noise, it’s more authentic anyway. Thank you to Ana-Maria who you will hear for her translating for Melinda, it's the first time I've tried a conversation for this show through an interpreter so it is very experimental. Hope you enjoy!
June 25, 2020 will be a day etched in Australia & New Zealand sporting folklore, both nations were awarded the rights to host the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup. Jane Fernandez had the huge responsibility as General Manager of the Bid. You could only imagine how she felt in the lead up to this announcement. Basking in the glory of victory, Jane was great enough to join me for a detailed discussion dissecting exactly how an excellent bid was formulated and won against worthy opponents in the world of high stakes international football politics. A real interesting eye/ear opener for sports fans Show Notes:
Karishma Ali (@KarishmaAli22) of Chitral in remote north-west Pakistan is the first girl from her hometown to have played football and Australian rules football at a national and international level. She has represented Pakistan in football at the Jubilee Games in Dubai, and was part of the first women's team from Pakistan to participate in an AFL International Cup in 2017. Karishma is also the founder of the groundbreaking Chitral Women's Sports Club and Chitral Women's Handicrafts Centre. For these pioneering exploits and her incredible leadership, Karishma has received deserved accolades which has seen her featured on Forbes Asia’s 30 under 30 list, Milan Fashion Week and among many others. Karishma joins me for a wide-ranging discussion on the impact sport has played on her life, how she continues to be a driving force for her community and now on a much broader level. Show Notes:
Tim Vickery (@Tim_Vickery) is the BBC's South American Football Correspondent based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Born and raised in London, Tim explains his remarkable journey leading him to Brazil and becoming one of the world’s finest football journalists covering the South American game for the BBC, World Soccer and ESPN, as well as being an analyst for SporTV. Tim has a masterful and engaging style of explaining the game while fusing the social and cultural context. This is especially highlighted in his work on the world famous BBC World Football Phone-In podcast, where he’s known as the ‘Legendinho’. This was a really fun conversation that encompasses culture, language, football and Brazil. Thank you to Tim, the ‘Legendinho’ for joining me. Enjoy! Show Notes:
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Jan 1st, 1990
Fremantle, Western Australia, Australia
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16 hours, 38 minutes
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