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Gemma Rowland Military Mindset

Keeping you up to date with sport across the Forces world.


Gemma Rowland is an elite rugby player and gives 110% whether she is wearing an Army shirt, the black and yellow for Wasps in the Premier 15s or the red of Wales women. But, as Cath Brazier and Julian Evans found out, it’s her drive and constant search for improvement off the pitch that really singles her out. In this episode they go beyond rugby to discuss mental health, the challenges still faced by women in sport and how the military gave her the strength to achieve.


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Balls and Buckets 

In the fifth episode of Forces Sport, Cath Brazier and Julian Evans speak to Amy Cokayne - an RAF, Harlequins and England rugby player who has amassed 57 caps for her country at only 25 years old! She revisits her childhood in New Zealand and how she could have been a kiwi plus she talks about how she’s recruiting elite players into the military and what her very competitive family gets up to at Christmas!


Ironing and Early Mornings 

Cath Brazier and Julian Evans speak to Liam Sanford - an RAF, England and GB hockey player who had his first Olympic experience this summer in Tokyo. He shares what the Olympic village was like, how he's dealt with disappointment and what it’s like to be back at work in a new job at RAF Brize Norton. 

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Where's the rest of you? 

In the third episode of Forces Sport, Cath Brazier and Julian Evans speak to John Simpson, the man behind the Simpson Cup - a Ryder Cup style golf tournament for wounded, injured or sick service personnel and veterans from Great Britain and the US.


Melons and Marathons 

Forces Sport brings you an insight into the world of military sport through up-to-date news and insightful interviews with some of the armed forces’ best sportspeople. In the second episode, Cath Brazier and Julian Evans speak to professional triathlete Kat Matthews - the Army physiotherapist competes for GB in Ironman, and she talks about what motivates her to succeed in such a tough individual sport.


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