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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:
Professor Fiona Wood AM is one of Australia’s most innovative and respected surgeons and researchers. A highly skilled plastic and reconstructive surgeon and world leading burns specialist, she has pioneered research and technology development in burns medicine. It was an absolute privilege to be able to discuss her inspirational journey and the approach to life that has enabled her to make a great contribution to the world. We had a connection through our involvements with gymnastics, so it is also great to speak to her about her passion for sport and trampoline gymnastics. Professor Wood’s positions include Director of the Burns Service of Western Australia (BSWA), Consultant Plastic Surgeon at Fiona Stanley Hospital (previously at Royal Perth Hospital) and Princess Margaret Hospital for Children and Winthrop Professor (Burns Injury Research Unit) at the School of Surgery, Faculty of Medicine UWA. She was awarded Member of the Order of Australia in 2003, the Australian Medical Association’s ‘Contribution to Medicine’ award in 2003, the 2003 and 2004 West Australian of the Year and 2005 Australian of the Year. She was voted Australia’s Most Trusted Person for six successive years (2005-2010) and has been recognised as an Australian Living Treasure. Professor Wood believes there is always more that can be done to further the field of burns medicine – new research to be undertaken, new technologies to be discovered and new ways to treat burns survivors. She is on an ongoing quest to continue to make a difference to people’s lives. This is a must-listen episode for those interested in understanding the fascinatingly intricate field of burns medicine and the work of one of Australia's preeminent specialists. Show Notes:
Craig Foster (@Craig_Foster) is a former Socceroos captain, SBS Chief Football Analyst and a renowned global advocate for diversity and social harmony. I was absolutely overjoyed when he accepted my invitation to have a chat about football and human rights. Growing up as a football fan, SBS's coverage of the game was my authority. Craig Foster, along with the late Les Murray and Johnny Warren have been very influential figures covering Australian football in the media. Craig reminisces over World Cup memories, from when he saw his first tournament as a boy growing up in regional NSW to being on-the-ground for SBS during the Socceroos roller coaster Germany 2006 World Cup campaign. We talk about his football philosophy. how he would like the game to develop and reach its potential in Australia. Craig then shares insight on global sports governance and the intersection of sport with human rights. We conclude with an update on his current work in this important field. This is a must-listen episode for Australian football fans and those with an interest in human rights. Show Notes:
Sean Terry (@sterry91) is an international cricketer who represented Ireland. He is also a childhood friend, so it was great to reminisce over our days at Ardross Junior Cricket Club and Melville Cricket Club. Sean shares some brilliant stories about playing cricket in England at professional County level for Hampshire. He also fielded in a Test Match for England against India and took a catch! Sean played five One Day International matches for Ireland against big teams like Australia and South Africa in 2016. After announcing his surprise retirement from cricket, he came back home and led his local club Melville to achieve some great success. This form earnt him a call up to play for the Perth Scorchers in the Big Bash League during the 2019 season. It marked a superb comeback for Sean. We had a fun time talking about mindset and many of his awesome experiences in top level cricket. Thank you to Kris Klifunis for his assistance behind the scenes. Show Notes:
Gary Matalon is an innovator and trend-setter in his field, he has made a name for himself as a business mogul that is eager to take on new adventures and revolutionize the way business is done in Jamaica and the wider Caribbean. His greatest moments throughout the years have ranged from founding successful businesses and starting his family. In 2008, Gary co-founded the Kingston Live Entertainment Group (KLE Group), with his wife, Tina and a group of business partners. As Director and CEO of the KLE Group, Gary is responsible for the development of premium lifestyle and entertainment establishments, such as Fiction Lounge and Famous Nightclub, restaurants, namely Usain Bolt’s Tracks & Records and more recently luxury real estate - BESSA. Under his direction, the group manages the flagship Usain Bolt’s Tracks & Records restaurant in Kingston, with two others under franchise agreement in Ocho Rios and Montego Bay. The first international Usain Bolt’s Tracks & Records restaurant opened in London in November 2018. This is the first of 15 slated for the UK to be rolled out over the next 10 years as a part of a Multi-Unit Development Agreement with a large restaurant group. Gary is also the Director for FRANJAM, a franchise company that was founded to own, develop and license Jamaican themed restaurants. FRANJAM creates opportunities for investors by way of buying into the Jamaican franchise concept In 2017, Gary signed an intellectual property deal with Downsound Entertainment to launch the Sumfest Acoustic Cafe franchise concept - a fast-casual restaurant and bar, offering a 360-degree Jamaican experience – atmosphere, taste, music and vibes. A family man first, however, Matalon will claim some of his greatest successes to be the persons around his dining table. He is the proud father of three children, Sydney, Jacob and Haley and the husband of Tina Matalon, his partner in work and life. Gary and I had a great wide-ranging chat about his passion for Jamaica, business, sport, music, building relationships and much more. Be sure to check out Usain Bolt's Tracks & Records: Show Notes:
Sharon Gregory has been striving to make a difference in her community through revitalisation of Noongar language for the last 16 years. Noongar is the local First Language in the south west region of Western Australia, including Perth and Fremantle. She is a Department of Education-trained Indigenous Language teacher. She started her Noongar teaching career at local Primary Schools. Since leaving the Department of Education, Sharon has developed a solid career in Noongar community services, utilising Noongar language and cultural knowledge as a tool for healing. In her spare time, she has also led a Fremantle-based language learning group Waalyalap Waangkaniny for the last eight years. Under Sharon’s guidance, the group aims to share Noongar language and advocate for wider recognition of Indigenous languages. Sharon also runs weekly Noongar classes at the Meeting Place in Freo and has taught at the Fremantle Noongar Cultural Centre and for the City of Cockburn, as well as authoring a Noongar Language dictionary, overseeing Noongar songwriting and undertaking translation for community projects. I really enjoyed speaking to Sharon about her work and hopes for the future in this International Year of Indigenous Languages. To purchase her Noongar Language Dictionary you can email Sharon directly at To attend a Noongar Language Class check out the schedule here: Show Notes:
Michael & Lucy Deller are a couple immersed in cool tourism and hospitality ventures in their home town of Fremantle, Western Australia. They've travelled extensively, living in some of WA's most iconic tourist destinations while forging career paths in the industry. A shared love of their home town, customer service and enhancing peoples experiences has led this young couple to move back to Freo and create Fremantle Tours plus the Mostly Sometimes Cafe! This dynamic duo is excited to offer locals and visitors the chance to explore Fremantle and uncover its hidden treasures. We have a wide ranging talk about the journey towards starting their own business, the lessons, the charm of Fremantle, living in regional Australia, the benefits of minimalism and many more great stories. Checkout Michael & Lucy's awesome enterprises Fremantle Tours Web: Insta: FB: Mostly Sometimes Café Insta: Show Notes:
It was the adventure of a lifetime in Russia at the 2018 World Cup. This story is of our first day in the country, in a city called Nizhny Novgorod on the day Russia beat Spain. This sparked the wildest celebration the nation has witnessed and an unforgettable ride for us. Featuring one of my best mates, Tim Schibli and audio captured from the rowdy streets. Follow the Journey: Abid's Insta: Schibs' Insta: Show Notes:
Yelena Isinbaeva is widely considered the greatest female pole-vaulter of all time. She is the current female world record holder and an Olympic gold medallist in Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008. She has won numerous world championships, indoor and outdoor. Yelena won the prestigious Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year award in 2007 and 2009. Beyond Athletics, Yelena is a respected leader and has established a charity, Yelena Isinbaeva Foundation, delivering projects for disadvantaged children in Russia through sports related initiatives. We talk about her ascent in Athletics after developing in Gymnastics, tips for people visiting Russia, public speaking, sports projects in her home town and much more. I hope you enjoy it all as much as I did! Follow Yelena Isinbaeva: Insta: FB: Twitter: Show Notes:
Jody King is an incredible dude. He moved from England to Brazil and is now living in the country's largest favela, Rocinha in Rio de Janeiro. It's an amazing community home to approximately 70,000 people in a small space along a steep hill. He has definitely adapted to life there. Jody started an English school called Favela Phoenix in Rocinha which is providing local students with an important ticket to greater economic opportunity. He has also been featured in a film called 'Gringo Favelado'. FOLLOW JODY KING & FAVELA PHOENIX Insta: Twitter: FB: Show Notes:
It’s good to be back. I had ten minutes to reminisce with a player remembered fondly by fans of the Fremantle Dockers in the AFL. Clive Waterhouse battled through 106 games and kicked 178 goals for the club in their foundation phase between 1996 to 2004. He was part of many firsts for the club and tantalised us with moments of absolute brilliance such as a 7-goal haul in a match against Freo’s cross-town rivals which is now dubbed the ‘Demolition Derby’. We recall these moments and check in with King Clive. Audio quality is not All-Australian standard, it was a bit of Hard Yakka. It will be fine next time.
Show Notes: The Olympics/Paralympics are the biggest sporting events in the universe. It was held in one of the most beautiful cities in the world, Rio de Janeiro. There was controversy, scandal, incredible feats of sporting prowess, danger, beauty, challenges and charm. What was it actually like behind the scenes, away from your screens? Dave ‘Robbo’ Robertson @mrdaverobbo (Aussie Athletics commentator extraordinaire) joins me as we both reminisce and attempt to appropriately encapsulate the experiences and feeling of being right in the epicentre of the action. Robbo and i discuss: Best and favourite moments of the Games Meeting Usain Bolt Getting onto the Athletics Track What was safety and security like Muito muito more FOLLOW ABID IMAM fb: Insta: Tweet: FOLLOW MOSSY & ROBBO Insta: Twitter: FB:
Show notes: Dave ‘Robbo’ Robertson (@mrdaverobbo) is one half of the phenomenal @mossyandrobbo commentary duo who have revolutionised the coverage of sports such as athletics by harnessing the power of social media. Their entertainingly supportive coverage of Australian sport has seen them specially attend events such as the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games. Their popularity amongst Aussie Track & Field athletes and fans was pivotal in the success of the #getmossyandrobbotorio campaign. Robbo shares a world exclusive story of how they have secured their ticket to support the green and gold in Rio, it involves 'Brastralia'. We also discuss: Parkrun The art of commentary and favourite commentators What it was like at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow Storylines and athletes to follow in Rio How Mossy & Robbo made sure they got to Rio + more general sport and Olympic talk FOLLOW MOSSY & ROBBO Insta: Twitter: FB:
Show Notes: Nagmeldin Peter Bol came to Australia with his family from Sudan. Now at just the age of 22, he will represent Australia at his first Olympics. He has achieved the Olympic qualifying performance he needed and can now look forward to the excitement of competing on the biggest stage of all. He shares great detail about his journey, running training and goals. FOLLOW PETER BOL Insta: FB:
Show Notes: Melissa Wu is a world class diver who has been competing at elite international level since the age of 13! She is a Olympic silver medallist and Commonwealth Games gold medallist among countless other accolades. She will be off to her third Games. We have a great chat about the sport of Diving, physical preparation, Rio, the mental side of competing and some practical advice. FOLLOW MELISSA WU Insta: Twitter:
Show Notes: Ellia Green is just an incredible athlete. Coming from a Track & Field background, she made her way into the Australian Women’s Rugby 7’s team in 2013, making an immediate impact with her breathtaking speed, scoring memorable tries. Australia are reigning world champions and favoured to do well in Rio. Ellia and i had a great chat about her transition from athletics to rugby, the growth of Rugby 7’s and some of her performance tips. It was great to speak to a fellow Aussie/Fijian. FOLLOW ELLIA GREEN Insta:
Scott Keach is a Dual Australian Olympic Equestrian Showjumper. His selection means he will smash an Australian record for the longest break between Olympic Games. He competed at Seoul 1988 and is off to Rio 28 years later. Scott takes us through the following: - An insight into the various disciplines within Equestrian. - The process of sourcing his horse, Fedor. - Nuances of mindset and considerations when riding at an elite level. - His formative experiences riding, how a country upbringing helped. Show Notes: Facebook: Insta: @biddyimam Thank you to Equestrian Australia.
Jeremy McClure is an inspiring athlete. He is a vision impaired swimmer who has been to 4 Paralympic Games for Australia (Athens 2004, Beijing 2008, London 2012 and now qualified for Rio 2016). Jeremy speaks about swimming at the Paralympics, what the classifications mean, his training schedule and hopes for Rio. FOLLOW Jeremy McClure Facebook: Show Notes:
Cedric Dubler is an Australian Decathlete from Queensland. He achieved a Gold and Olympic qualifier at the 2016 Australian Athletics Championships in April. In doing so, Cedric became the first decathlete to qualify for the Olympics since Sydney 2000. Cedric had a great chat about his events, training, social media exploits and some performance tips. On Brazilian Bits, Fernanda and Lucas share a little bit of knowledge about Favelas in Rio. FOLLOW Cedric Dubler Facebook: Youtube: Show Notes:
Josh Court is a Beach Volleyballer and one half of the dynamic duo with Damien Schumann. They are current Australian title holders who are well on their way to representing the green & gold on Copacabana Beach for the big show. They have a few massive competitions on the horizon before then. Josh goes in depth of how Beach Volleyball is played, some of the great places he’s played around the world and also the big fundraising event they have on the horizon. On Brazilian Bits, we have a beach theme and Fernanda shares some of the Rio locals secret spots. Show Notes: FOLLOW the Court/Schumann Team Facebook: Road To Rio Black Tie Fundraiser: Intro Chune:
Kylie Wheeler is a dual Olympian who competed in one of the most demanding events, Heptathlon. As a four time National Champion (2003, 2004, 2005, 2006), she gives a superb explanation of how this event is structured and her training. Kylie takes us into what it was like competing at Athens 2004, Beijing 2008 and winning silver at the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester. On ‘Brazilian Bits’ Fernanda and Lucas share some vital language tips. Show Notes: Photo: Stu Forster/Getty Images AsiaPac Intro Chune:
Alanna Kennedy is a top class defender for the Australian women’s football team, the Matildas. The team recently qualified for their first Olympics in 12 years after winning the Asian Qualifying Tournament in Japan. It was a remarkable campaign which has the country excited for what the Matildas can possibly achieve. The team is currently ranked 5th on the planet. Alanna has played over 40 times for the green & gold and she’s just 21 years young. Her excellent performances for Australia are earning plaudits not just here. She has just signed a contract to join the Western New York Flash in the National Women’s Soccer League. This will provide some optimum preparation for her as she gets ready to play the jogo bonito in Brazil at the Olympics. Show Notes: Follow Alanna Kennedy Instagram: Facebook: Twitter: Photo: Elsa/Getty Images North America Intro Chune:
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Created by
Abid Imam
Podcast Status
Mar 23rd, 2016
Latest Episode
Aug 31st, 2020
Release Period
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38 minutes

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