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Episode 18: Georgina Usher

Alasdair Hooper and Will Moulton are joined by 2017 SJA Student Sportswriter of the Year Katie Smith to bring you episode 18 of SportSpiel.

In our first segment we discuss:


  • England’s disastrous Ashes tour in Australia (3:09)
  • The Australian Open and the controversy surrounding Margaret Court (13:24)
  • Saudi Arabia’s decision to allow women into football stadiums for the first time (29:08)
  • Our outstanding display of the week award (33:10)
  • Our feel good story of the week award (35:01)

Our feature interview segment in this episode is with 2014 Commonwealth gold medalist, and current CEO of British Fencing, Georgina Usher (36:40).

Georgina tells us all about her career as an Epee fencer, how becoming a mother changed her approach to competing as well as the current challenges she faces as CEO of the national governing body. She also gives us an update on the funding situation in the sport and explains why involvement in any sporting activity is so important for women.

Image credit: with thanks to Georgina Usher 

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