Athletes: The Other Side Podcast

Interested in the lives of athletes and what happens when their sporting careers come to an end? Today, we often forget that sportsmen and women are more than just athletes, they have other lives – often many have careers away from their sport. Athletes: The Other Side podcast explores the lives and achievements of athletes away from their sport so that you can learn from their stories. Whether it be how they made the daunting leap into the big, wide world once their competitive career ended or how they used their personal brand to give back to their sport. Athletes: The Other Side will leave you inspired by what these extraordinary people have achieved in their ‘other’ lives.

Athletes: The Other Side podcast is hosted by Ben Nichols and all episodes are available here or on your chosen podcast platform. Episode 10: No Distinction with Rebecca Smith is co-hosted by our own, Rowena Samarasinhe. Rebecca Smith is a former New Zealand captain and Vfl Wolfsburg treble winner. She’s lead a successful and international footballing career. Since retiring, this woman “of many hats” has put her multiple degrees, 4 foreign languages, and incredible life experiences to good work, founding JAMAA Sports productions, becoming Global Executive Director of Women’s Game at COPA90, and hosting her own BBC podcast, amongst an array of other exciting ventures.

Listen to this episode and many more for daily inspiration!

We don’t often use the word, thrilled, but in this case it is the best word to describe how we at GENSport feel about Rowena’s appointed to the National Sports Council of Sri Lanka. Today was their first meeting which Rowena joined via Zoom from London! Sports Minister Namal Rajapaksa appointed the new members whose main task will be to advice the Minister on all matters connected to developing sport in Sri Lanka. Former Sri Lanka Cricket legend Mahela Jayawardana will head the council. This is a well-deserved appointment that will enable Rowena to develop sports policy that will create opportunities for the sports men and women of Sri Lanka.

Another week, another podcast! This time it’s football and talking Euro 2020, the 2020-21 Football Event Calendar exploring aspects such as the commercialisation of football, the potential rise of multi-city events post COVID-19; UEFA vs FIFA and postponing the Woman’s Euros.

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