Girls Who Chat Podcast — Episode 1: Meet the Girls Who Dare
Interview with The Girls Who Dare rowing team and the Great Pacific Race.
In Episode 3 of the podcast, we catch up with the team in various locations – Orlagh is busily preparing to fly to San Francisco, and Jane and Vicki are quarantining together in sunny Antigua before joining Orlagh - you'll hear the tropical birds in the background.
We discuss the unexpected moments the team has experienced, the payoff of their intense planning and preparation, and the support and reassurance they've received from other teams in the race. We also check in on their emotional state, confidence, and high levels of anticipation on the path to launch day in San Francisco.
Creative and Cross Transformation Marketing Lead, Global Campaigns, Avanade
As the Creative Lead, Global Programs and Campaigns, Kevin Bassett drives the creative strategy, development and execution of Avanade’s global marketing campaigns. Kevin is a transformational marketing and visual communications expert with a passion for driving engagement through meaningful brand experiences for clients and employees - generating awareness and creating demand. Kevin champions the immersive brand experience across all channels and defends visual and experiential consistency by empowering others to be brand ambassadors. Before joining Avanade in 2017, Kevin held creative leadership roles in several global companies and has worked in industries ranging from publishing, research, financial services, and technology in Canada and the US. Kevin also leads the Avanade Presents Podcast Series global podcast program.
Jane Leonard has travelled and worked abroad and witnessed first-hand the injustices and lack of privilege that many women have to endure. She commanded respect in a largely male environment during a 10-year career in the Army and taken on every challenge presented to her, including representing her country playing rugby for England. From a young age, she has had a natural affinity for challenging perceived limits, and tells us she hasn’t run into anything with physical or mental demands that made her want to quit.
Orlagh Dempsey is a physical education teacher and a leading figure in developing youth sport culture in the United Arab Emirates. She played in the Dubai 7s for several years and was awarded the accolades Players Player of the Year and Seven's Player of the Year. After she moved to the UAE, she set up the first women's rugby team in Ras Al Kaimah, an area with very few options for women to participate in sport. She has worked tirelessly to inspire other young women to take up sport, both in a professional capacity and in her community.
Vicki Anstey is a leading fitness expert and founder of London’s original Barre and Ballet studio, Barreworks. She was one of the first women to star in the British show reality quasi-military training show, “SAS: Who Dares Wins.” After the show, a woman asked Vicki if she wanted to row the ocean with her, and though Vicki has a fear of deep water, she was in a place where she wanted to say yes to everything. It has been a challenging road just to get to the start of this journey: Vicki’s original team didn’t go forward with their row, her second team’s race was canceled in 2020 due to COVID-19, and this is her third rowing team. She has run five marathons in different countries and participated in other grueling sporting events and is ready for this next challenge.
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