INSPIRATION

Every episode is full of inspiring stories of women overcoming great challenges.

The Tough Girl Podcast won the  Shextreme Best Adventure Podcast Award in 2019 & the Women's Sports Trust #BeAGameChanger National Award for Media Initiative of the Year 2018.

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Paddlesports

Kelda Wood

First female adaptive athlete to summit Aconcagua and row solo across the Atlantic Ocean!

Patti Shales Lefkos

Journalist, Adventure Traveller and Author of: Nepal One day at a time.

Maria Coffey

Award Winning Author, Adventurer & Pioneering Expedition Kayaker.

Ann Raiho

A 2,000-mile journey by paddle from Minneapolis to Hudson Bay

Renata Chlumska

Adventure athlete who became the first Swedish and Czech woman to climb Mount Everest and in 2005 did a circumnavigate of the lower 48 States of the United States by her own power.

Karen Darke

Modern-day ‘Alchemist’, passionate about turning challenge into opportunity and transforming the difficult stuff into ‘gold’

Bruna Moscol

Solo climbing Mount Aconcagua and whitewater rafting the Grand Canyon!

Sarah Davis

First Female-Led Nile River Expedition - 6,853km from the source in Rwanda to the Mediterranean Sea!

Veronica Ribot de Cañales

Retired diver, 3x Olympian, becoming an SUP racer and Yogi in her late 50s!

Susan Conrad

Kayaking ‘the Inside Passage’, 1,200 miles down the western coast of North America from Anacortes, Washington to Juneau, Alaska.

Laura Kennington

Kayaking in Russia, cycling the Wild Atlantic Way and circumnavigating 3 of the Channel Islands in an extreme triathlon!

Erin Bastian

Sea and wildwater kayaking, with expeditions to Sardinia & Patagonia! Nominated for the World Paddle Awards!

Jillian A. Brown

Paddling a tandem sea kayak down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon and becoming the first Canadian to paddle across America; 6,500km in 150 days.

Clare Rutter

Paddlesports & outdoors enthusiast. A traumatic brain injury survivor and was the 2020/21 British Canoeing #ShePaddles Ambassador for Canoe Wales.

Soraya Abdel-Hadi

Award-winning writer, artist, and advocate for women and diversity in the UK outdoors. Founder of @alltheelements_

Ashley Manning

A plus-size adventurer who promotes body inclusion, equity and diversity in the outdoors.

Claire Hughes

Doing the Rickshaw Run in India, as well as being part of a mixed crew to row across the Atlantic Ocean, earning her a World Record!

Ursula Martin

Survived Ovarian Cancer - Walked 3,700 miles in Wales. Wrote a book. Now walking 5,000 miles across Europe!

Sarah Outen

Adventures by land & sea, Author 'Dare to Do’, Psychotherapist-in-training, Award-winning feature film #Home in cinemas now!

Kate Rawles

Outdoor philosopher, writer, activist and cyclist. Cycling South America for the Life Cycle biodiversity bamboo bike ride!

Lowri Davies

Kayaker, European Freestyle Champion & adventurer who has paddled in remote locations around the world, claiming first descents in Mongolia and Georgia.

Cal Major

PaddleBoarder | Surfer | Environmentalist | Surfers Against Sewage Regional Rep | Vet | Adventurer | Lover of vans | @paddlevsplastic | #oceanoptimism

Ness Knight

Accidental adventurer & explorer, whose cycled solo + unsupported 2000 miles across the USA, & first female in history to swim the length of the Thames River!

Lizzie Carr

Blogger, Adventurer & Environmentalist - First person to paddle board the length of England via its connected waterways, 650km (400 miles)!

Sophie Ruffles

Mum, runner, & wild swimmer. Host of @whatnextmumpodcast 1x100km ultra, 7x marathons. Fast-packed The Jurassic Coast!

Dr. Adya Misra

British Canoeing #ShePaddles Club Champion. Raising awareness on the lack of diversity in paddlesports and helping to improve gender, ethnic and neuro-diversity in the paddlesports community.

Natalie Warren

Author of  Hudson Bay Bound: Two Women, One Dog, Two Thousand Miles to the Arctic

Lee Vue

Paddling the Mississippi River (2,300+ miles) and her team winning first place in the Women’s Voyageur Division in the Yukon River Quest, paddling 444 miles in 53 hours.

Darcy Gaechter

First woman to kayak the Amazon River, 4,300 miles from the source to the sea!

Sarah Davis

Adventurer - Paddling the length of Australia's longest river, the Murray River, 2,500km!

Fiona Quinn

Paddle boarding the length of Great Britain, plus setting 3 world SUP records!

Anna Blackwell

“Kayaking the Continent” - 4000 km from England to the Black Sea through 11 countries & 5 capital cities.

Pip Stewart

Cycling 13,000 miles from Malaysia back home to London and most recently paddling the entire length of The Essequibo, South America's third largest river, from source to sea

Fiona Quinn

Walked Great Britain; 993 miles, solo and unsupported over 57 days.  (And then cycled it!)

Justine Curgenven

Sea Kayaker & One of the Top Living Explorers in the UK!

Sarah Outen

Adventurer who has just completed her 4.5 year expedition ‘London2London: Via the World’