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Off the Bench - a podcast about women in sport but not exclusively for them. Brought to you by OTB Sports.

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WNBA star Ruth Bolton on overcoming domestic abuse & Olympic glory

WNBA star Ruth Bolton on overcoming domestic abuse & Olympic glory

To celebrate International Women's Day, Off The Bench spoke to the wonderful Ruth Bolton. Ruth overcame many odds to become a WNBA star and Olympic champion but her biggest battle of all was with domestic abuse. Ruth now lives to empower girls and women -  not just because she was a double Olympic champion but because she did it while a victim of domestic abuse. Ruth mentors girls and women on empowerment because she overcame so much adversity in her basketball career AND is also a survivor of domestic abuse.

37 mins

7 March Finished

The postponed Six Nations & the future direction of women's rugby

The postponed Six Nations & the future direction of women's rugby

For the first Off The Bench of 2021, we have a rugby special about postponement of women's Six Nations. Our guest is Alison Donnelly, editor of 'Scrum Queens' and renowned expert on the women's game who juggles that voluntary role with working full-time for Sport England. She argues that separating women's Six Nations from running parallel to the men's could actually be a good thing and the best way to grow it further. Included also is a discussion on how the postponement impacts Ireland's 2021 World Cup hopes, the recent #icare campaign that followed Six Nations postponement and we ask why the women's Six Nations still has no title sponsor. Cliona and Alison also discussed the fear that women's sport may be worst hit by the negative effects of COVID-19.

29 mins

27 January Finished

Off The Bench: Trailblazing rower Frances Cryan on competing at Moscow 1980

Off The Bench: Trailblazing rower Frances Cryan on competing at Moscow 1980

Cliona Foley speaks to Irish Olympic rower Frances Cryan about her success at Moscow 1980. Frances competed in Russia, where she just missed a place in the single sculls final by 1600th of a second. She was only 20 at the time and actually trained with Steve Redgrave and the Americans in subsequent years yet, despite going to Dublin to get her Olympic uniform in 1984 - she wasn't sent to the Los Angeles Olympics! The decision on Los Angeles was made only six weeks beforehand and made because those choosing 'didn't think she'd make the final'. It soured her relationship with the sport and she quit some years later but she is still very passionate about rowing and the Olympics. Give it a listen!

35 mins

28 October 2020 Finished

Connacht Rugby president Ann Heneghan: 'Real women play rugby'

Connacht Rugby president Ann Heneghan: 'Real women play rugby'

On Off The Bench this week, Connacht Rugby president Ann Heneghan joins Cliona Foley to discuss her role and her hopes for the province. Heneghan is the first female president of a provincial rugby body, making history in the sport, and Cliona looks into all manner of the sport - it is well worth your time. Download the brand new OTB Sports App in the Play Store & App Store right now! We've got you covered! Subscribe to Off The Ball's YouTube channel for more videos, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for the latest sporting news and content.

26 mins

23 September 2020 Finished

Rugby player Sorcha MacLaimhin on why her new group 'Mama Loves Sport' is so badly needed

Rugby player Sorcha MacLaimhin on why her new group 'Mama Loves Sport' is so badly needed

We are joined this week by rugby player Sorcha MacLaimhin, who tells us why her support group 'Mama Loves Sport' is so badly needed by sporty mums. Sorcha discusses why 'snapping back' - the desire to get back to a pre-pregnancy body shape - is a misplaced pressure on new mothers, and the information vacuum that sporty mums face going back to sport. She also talks about why it is much harder for ordinary mums to get back into sport than professionals like Serena and Jessica Ennis. Is post-maternity advice about returning to ‘exercise’ but rarely geared towards getting back into competitive sport? Download the brand new OTB Sports App in the Play Store & App Store right now! We've got you covered! Subscribe to Off The Ball's YouTube channel for more videos, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for the latest sporting news and content.

33 mins

20 August 2020 Finished

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