Ian Stafford, in Conversation with...
Leading sport stars talk to sportswriter and interviewer Ian Stafford in the latest podcast series recorded exclusively for Saga’s #notgoingoutclub.
Ian is a multi-award winning national and international sports journalist, who has covered most global sporting events and interviewed many of the world's top sports stars. An author of 16 books, he has a long list of TV and radio credits and is a sought-after speaker, interviewer and host for a diverse range of events.
31 July 2020
Tracy is one of Britain’s most successful sailors. In 1985 she completed her first Whitbread Round the World Yacht Race aboard Atlantic Privateer. Four years later aboard Maiden, Tracy skippered the first all-female crew to enter this epic race, coming second and winning two of the individual legs. She subsequently became the first female Yachtsman of the Year and was honoured with an MBE.
But whether it’s the breaking of Maiden 2’s mast during her 1998 Jules Verne Trophy attempt, or the problems that followed the 2005 Oryx Quest, Tracy has had to navigate many stormy seas. Learn more about her incredible story in this podcast with Ian, and learn more about the Maiden Factor.
24 July 2020
She’s won 16 Paralympic medals, over 30 world records and the London Marathon six times. Her charitable achievements are too numerous to detail. No wonder she’s been awarded an OBE, an MBE, a DBE and the title of Baroness with a seat in the House of Lords.
The BBC has named Tanni Grey-Thompson one of the UK’s 100 powerful women and she’s also considered one of the Greatest People of the 20th Century. So here’s your chance to learn more about this sports superstar and cultural superwoman.
17 July 2020
We all remember Judy’s determined face as she watched her sons Andy and Jamie triumph at Wimbledon. After kick-starting the lessons that took her boys to the top, Judy has become one of the most influential coaches in British tennis.
In 2017 she was awarded an OBE for her services to sport and charity. How does it feel to see all her hard work pay off, and what does the future hold for the Murray dynasty?
10 July 2020
Viv Anderson was a pioneering footballer who rose to fame as part of Brian Clough’s celebrated Nottingham Forest team. They rose to the top of the First Division in 1977 and went on to win both the League and European Cups. He subsequently played for Arsenal and Manchester United.
In 1978, Viv capped his success by becoming the first black player to represent England. His trailblazing career was recognised in 2000 when he was awarded an MBE. Four years later he was inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame.
03 July 2020
Andrew enjoyed a stellar career as a cricketer for Middlesex and England, playing in 100 test matches and 127 One Day Internationals. He scored over 7,000 test runs, including 21 centuries, and featured in three Ashes-winning series – two as Captain.
After hanging up his bat, Andrew became Director of Cricket for the England and Wales Cricket Board and was a major influence in England winning the One Day World Cup last summer. In 2018 he lost his wife, Ruth, to a rare form of cancer and now spends much of his time running the Ruth Strauss Foundation.