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Maggie Mac Neil’s Olympics 101

Maggie Mac Neil’s Olympics 101

September 14, 2021

Gold, silver and bronze, Maggie Mac Neil went to the Tokyo Olympics determined to succeed and impress us all. The Social Kick welcomes back the newly crowned Olympic Champion to talk all things Tokyo and more! Winning Team Canada’s only gold in the pool in the women’s 100m Butterfly, Maggie swam an impressive 55.59 for a new Americas Record.

Now with the titles of Olympic and World Champion to her name, the 21-year-old was also part of the silver winning 4x100m Freestyle Relay and bronze medal winning 4x100m medley relay team.

Having stood on top of the podium at the pinnacle of international swimming, we ask Maggie about Tokyo from an athletes perspective, the rush of winning and the buzz after and her recent decisions regarding University and the ISL.

It’s not every day that Ryan Reynolds will reach out and congratulate you!

With warm welcome back to The Social Kick, here’s the Olympic Champion, Maggie Mac Neil!

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ISL returns; Energy Standard wants the trophy back

ISL returns; Energy Standard wants the trophy back

August 25, 2021

Energy Standard Head Coach James Gibson and their Captain, Olympic Gold Medalist Chad le Clos, join for a preview of the 2021 season of the International Swim League.

The ever-changing league has shifted once again and as heads of state for Team ENS, we get reactions from James and Chad on the impact of the draft and how much it helped teams like Aqua Centurions and DC Trident, the rule changes for selecting the SKINS and also why Chad wasn’t able to successfully lobby to have points awarded every 50 in the 200 fly.

The whirlwind continues after an exciting Tokyo Olympic Games - it’s ISL time!

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Social Kick: The Olympic Episode

Social Kick: The Olympic Episode

August 24, 2021

As the Paralympics and the Season 3 of the ISL get underway, grab a beer (or a brew) and join The Social Kick on an official roundup of the Olympics to relive all the highs and lows.

This is what The Social Kick is all about! Favourite races, best all-round athletes and biggest surprises, we cover it all, breaking down some of the biggest moments from the most anticipated swimming event on the calendar.

Plus, we discuss some of the flops and pops of the meet and whether we think morning finals and COVID-19 restrictions were notable influences on those competing.

After a short break and more than a couple of big changes, The Social Kick are back and kicking into the new season with a jam-packed episode!

Enjoy and don't forget to comment your favourite Tokyo 2020 moment in the pool below.

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One Size Never Fits All- Erica Beine

One Size Never Fits All- Erica Beine

August 17, 2021

Whether you’re feeling inspired from the Olympics or want to start your own personal fitness journey, nutrition is key. Join us in welcoming personal nutritionist Erica Beine to the podcast as she gives us all the tips on what we think is right for our bodies and what actually is.

A former college swimmer and D1 head coach, Erica stepped off deck to focus on her theory of personalized nutrition and hasn’t looked back since. Using genetic testing to understand what your individual body needs and reacts to; Erica’s business creates an accessible and personalized program to help you get the best results physically and mentally.

Her focus on all-round wellness, by using scientific data and tailored plans, is a new and improved way in looking at and understanding what your body needs.

Join us as we talk to Erica about her work and how she adapts for each individual, the negative effects of supplements and alcohol in athletes and just how bad goldfish crackers are for you!!

Grab a water for this one, hydrate and learn about your body.

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Tamsin Cook is not a one hit wonder

Tamsin Cook is not a one hit wonder

July 23, 2021

Before she makes the journey to Tokyo, The Social Kick is joined by Australian swimmer and Olympic Silver medallist, Tamsin Cook.

Tamsin swam an impressive anchor leg at the age of 17 to bring Australia home in the 4x200m Freestyle Relay for a second-place finish.

An individual 400m swimmer, Tamsin has qualified for Tokyo in a packed event with the likes of Katie Ledecky and Ariarne Titmus.

After retiring after the Rio Olympics to focus on school and due to an injury, Tamsin has made a Rocky Balboa style comeback in swimming this year. Within 12 months of training, Tamsin has moved from never believing she would swim again to qualifying for her second Olympic Games at the age of 22.

In a discussion about the progression of the women’s 400m Free and the importance of being self-aware and listening to your body, Tamsin talks us through her swimming journey.

Get ready for Tokyo and listen to her story, enjoy!

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Breaking Down Team Iron with Luka Gabrilo

Breaking Down Team Iron with Luka Gabrilo

July 7, 2021

Season 3 of the ISL is well underway and fresh from the drafting process, Team Iron’s Head Coach Luka Gabrilo joins us on The Social Kick.

Currently Head Coach of the Israeli National Team, Luka will step down from this role after the Tokyo Olympics to concentrate on his new job with the ISL and Iron.

His previous coaching experience includes working as Head Coach of the Swiss National team and with Team Elite and David Marsh in the US. In this episode, we discuss the recent ISL draft process and our overall thoughts on how it played out.

An eye for statistics and numbers, Luka gives us insight into his tactics and responsibility as a head coach and goes through his newly packed roster for the season.

A deeper look into the coaching and drafting process of the ISL and Luka himself, sit down, enjoy and get to know your coach!

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Overcoming Tough Times with Zac Incerti

Overcoming Tough Times with Zac Incerti

July 1, 2021

We’re back down under this week with first time Olympian and Australian swimmer Zac Incerti.

Zac has recently qualified for the 4x100m and 4x200m freestyle relays for Tokyo, two of the most highly anticipated events on this summer’s schedule.

An advocate for men’s mental health, Zac talks about the hard times he has personally gone through. From injuries and depression to his recent, and rightly appealed, DQ at Australian trials.

With the stigma surrounding men’s mental health still widely in place, we comment on how important it is to talk about what you’re feeling and how to overcome it.

With a discussion of Australian trials, the advantages and the disadvantages of the ISL and doing what you love, this is not an episode to miss.

Enjoy our chat with Zac!

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Olympic Pride- Erica Sullivan

Olympic Pride- Erica Sullivan

June 27, 2021

Bursting onto the scene, Erica Sullivan makes her appearance on The Social Kick.

Erica is a 20-year-old long distance pool and open water swimmer from Las Vegas. Newly selected to represent Team USA in the 1500m, Erica claimed her ticket in a brilliant trials swim, coming in second to Katie Ledecky and holding off Sandpipers teammate Katie Grimes.

Selected for her first Olympic Games during Pride Month and with the games taking place in Tokyo, Erica opens up about her position of representation being both gay and of Japanese descent. Proud of who she is and unapologetically witty and charismatic, our conversation touches on the importance of representation, not just in swimming but all over the world.

One of the fastest up and coming US distance swimmers, we talk to Erica about what it’s like training open water in Nevada, her difficulties and advice with mental health as an athlete and her love of film (watch out Oscars)!

A joy to speak to and get to know, Erica Sullivan is undoubtably making waves both in and out of the water.

Enjoy!

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Now or Never - Alex Graham

Now or Never - Alex Graham

June 8, 2021

The Social Kick is taking a trip down under before the start of Australian trials!

Our guest this week is Australian swimmer Alex Graham. Competing for a spot in his first Olympic team at the upcoming trials, we talk to Alex about his past relationship with swimming and the intense international competition in the 200m freestyle.

Commonwealth and World Champion in the 4x200m freestyle, Alex Graham is a fundamental part of the Australian national team both as an individual and relay swimmer.

Yet his relationship with international and professional competition has changed over the years.

In this episode, we discuss the mental and physical requirements of the 200 and 100 free, how to enjoy swimming in the moment and Alex’s personal journey in the sport.

A team-based guy who’s all about enjoying the experience, enjoy our chat with Alex Graham!

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Swimming LCM Once a Week with Lewis Clareburt

Swimming LCM Once a Week with Lewis Clareburt

June 2, 2021

400IM World and Commonwealth Bronze medallist Lewis Clareburt joins The Social Kick this week.

Deep in his preparations for Tokyo, the Kiwi swimmer takes some time to tell us about the sport of swimming in New Zealand and his surprise 4.09.87 pb at trials.

As one of New Zealand’s leading professional swimmers, Lewis shares his stories of overcoming adversity in the pool. From the public trying to jump into his training sessions to swimming in a 33m pool most days, Lewis proves that if you put your mind to something, you can succeed.

Motivated to lead the way for younger swimmers in New Zealand, Lewis decided to stay in his home country and continue to pursue his Olympic dreams surrounded by his family and friends.

Discussing his usual training routines and his love of Surf Life Saving, Lewis Clareburt is all about learning from those around him and pushing himself to be the best.

Enjoy our chat with Lewis!

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