Podclub: Our top podcast picks of the month – December

Don’t Tell Me the Score – BBC Sounds (and others)

Journalist and presenter Simon Mundie talks to a range of people from the world of sport – current and former athletes, coaches, nutritionists, psychologists and more – on how they apply the lessons they’ve learned from sport to life away from competition.

Stand-out episodes include former England rugby captain Will Carling sharing his insights on relationships, with his thoughts on leadership particularly resonant today; psychologist Dr Pippa Grange talking about fear; and Olympic rower and diplomat Cath Bishop discussing how a total focus on winning can stifle creativity.

The Game Changers – Apple (and others)

Sue Anstiss, founder of the Women’s Sport Collective, interviews some of the biggest names in women’s sport, from Olympians and Paralympians to broadcasters and administrators, to find out where women’s sport has come from, where it is now and where it’s going in the future.

Judy Murray takes us through her tennis coaching journey, including the many barriers others have put in her way and how she overcame them.

Katie Sadleir talks about her own sporting career in swimming and how she has promoted positive change in leadership, branding and content as World Rugby’s General Manager of Women’s Rugby.

From gymnast to broadcaster, Gabby Logan’s enthusiasm, knowledge and dedication really shine through in this podcast, and just like so many of Sue Anstiss’s interviewees, she explains how she overcame the limitations others placed on her to reach her goals.

How Do You Cope? …with Elis and John – BBC Sounds (and others)

Comedians and BBC Five Live presenters Elis James and John Robins hear from a diverse range of people on how they got through the toughest times in their lives.

James and Robins approach their interviewees and subjects with great sensitivity, and always allow their guests as much or as little space as they feel comfortable with to discuss difficult topics like mental health crises, near-death experiences and addiction.

The Last Leg’s Alex Brooker talks about how disability has shaped his life; Emma Barnett explains how she copes with the debilitating pain of endometriosis whilst doing a high-pressure job in broadcasting; and magazine editor Terri White’s unvarnished thoughts on abuse and addiction make for a stand-out episode.

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