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The Sitdown with Sport Endorse
Standing Tall Together
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February 08, 2021 11:09 AM PST

Don’t miss listening to the National Karate Champion and Former World European Kickboxing champion on this explosive episode. She talks about her childhood dream of representing Ireland at the Olympics, difficulties she encountered from sport governing bodies while competing at highest level, what she does to right those wrongs and how sponsorship is of massive importance to an elite athlete.

This Interview was conducted by Elaine Stenson, Radio broadcaster at Classichitsradio & Sunshine1068fm.


“From a very young age I realised that having a say is not possible in sport. Certainly, not the way the structures were, as you are expected to just go in, train, do what you are told, stay quiet, perform, win and then leave again”

“Facility wise its quite poor, I’ve never had access to a changing room, never had access to a shower and in 2021 you would think things would get better “

“For sports that are not funded without sponsorship it’s almost next to impossible to compete all the time”

“Sponsorship is one of the most important areas for an elite athlete after their talent and hard work”

“If you are a martial artist or if you are in any sport that hasn’t made the cut yet, there is no pathway for you to go in and get funded”

- Caradh O’Donovan

Show Notes

1.34 Presents a sport show every weekend on iRadio
4.08 World champion in Kickboxing switched to Karate in 2016
6.18 Living with Crohn’s disease flare ups
9.35 Meditation to manage stress
12.00 Founding member of ‘Global Athlete’ (a startup that improves conditions in sport for athletes)
13.50 Ambassador for Equity Sport (charity that brings about equal opportunity for all in sport)
15.30 Constant unfair treatment and covert punishments by governing body of sport
16.45 Issues in funding of less mainstream sports
18.10 Discrimination through the two-tiered sports system
19.20 Political agenda rather than a transparent system for sports and athletes
21.40 High performance elite athletes ignored due to profile of sport
22.35 Gender equality issues in Kickboxing
25.08 My sport hugely affected due to Covid
26.02 No specifics in health and safety outlined by IOC for athletes going to the Olympics
28.10 Loosing double income when competing, due to travel and inability to work
28.30 Favorite 5 brands
32.45 Long term plans and athlete transition program

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February 01, 2021 10:43 AM PST

Listen to Ireland's World Cup Gold medal winning Canoeist talk about his motivations to get into professional sports, how having the right sponsors backing him improves his performance and his interests beyond sport. Liam is looking for brands to support him in 2021 for competitions at Tokyo, Paris and LA. 

This Interview was conducted by Elaine Stenson, Radio broadcaster at Classichitsradio & Sunshine1068fm.


"I love cruising around in my van, so if Renault wanted to hook me up with a kitted-out van I wouldn't say no"

- Liam Jegou

Show Notes

1.50 – World cup final winning run 4.10 – Multicultural upbringing 6.45 Work feels like a game 10:00 Olympics delay meant an extra year to peak 13.30 Additional discipline to compete in 2024 Olympics 14.40 Change in sponsorship 16.29 Dream Sponsor 18.00 Difference brands and equipment makes to performance 19.20 Volunteering plans post Olympics 22:55 Interest & Hobbies

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January 20, 2021 07:53 AM PST

Listen to Ireland's top ranked badminton player talk about his mind set, motivations and opinions on the world of sports and sponsorship.

This Interview was conducted by Elaine Stenson, Radio broadcaster at Classichitsradio & Sunshine1068fm.



" I take my nutrition seriously because its that extra 5 or 3% that could make a big difference in your body and in performance "

" I aim for the highest goal possible, why do it just to be not the best, you have to do it because you want to be the best "

- Nhat Nguyen


Show Notes

2.45 - Didn't like badminton early on 5.30 - Sporting Family influence 8.25 - Nutrition sponsorship 10.26 - Pre-training & post-training diet 12.18 - Sponsorship and success at elite level 15.30 - Filming TV Commercial 17:50 - 2020 a blessing in disguise 21:25 Turning point 22.35 Personal Motto 24.10 - Role Models 26.20 - Meditation to attack the day 30.10 - Advise to upcoming talent 32.10 - Aspirations for future

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