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On Side

47 EpisodesProduced by Tim Gavel, Ryan Micallef & Lyndall LarkhamWebsite

The official podcast of Sport Integrity Australia. Our mission is to protect the integrity of sport and the health and welfare of those who participate in Australian sport. This podcast examines the issues that affect sport, answers your questions and educates you about clean and fair sport.

47 Episodes | 2019 - 2022

Sport on notice ft. legal experts Richard Young and Adair Donaldson

November 28th, 2022


In the latest episode of our podcast On Side, esteemed lawyers Richard Young and Adair Donaldson provide incredible insights into their roles, …

A global discussion: supplements in sport and the education challenges

October 31st, 2022


Guests: Dr Sian Clancy, Alexis Cooper, Kelsa Ferguson, Cassie Fien and Nick Paterson

In this episode of On Side we discuss the dangers of supplements and the importance of education in anti-doping to prevent inadvertent …

Preventing a paradise for cheats with WADA president Witold Bańka (ft. Ben Sandford & Bronwen Knox)

September 27th, 2022


President of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Witold Bańka says the agency is monitoring the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) in the wake of …

The science behind anti-doping ft. Dr Naomi Speers, Rima Chakrabarty, and Dr Laura Lallenec

August 16th, 2022


Today we meet the science and medicine team behind our anti-doping efforts.

In this episode of On Side, our host Tim Gavel talks to some of Sport Integrity Australia’s science and medicine experts - Chief Science …

Raising the athlete voice: ft. Bronwen Downie, Jonathan Goerlach and Blake Gaudry

July 8th, 2022


To understand the integrity threats within sports, Sport Integrity Australia works in close partnership with everyone who holds a piece to the puzzle …

Birmingham bound: The golden hopeful and the cool auntie with Ellie Cole and Daniela Di Toro

June 8th, 2022


Between them, there are too many Paralympic medals to count – but the Commonwealth Games will be a unique experience for both Ellie Cole and Daniela …

Making his mark - from AFL to AAG with Eric Mackenzie (ft. Petria Thomas)

March 10th, 2022


Former West Coast Eagles captain Eric Mackenzie has been announced as the latest member of Sport Integrity Australia’s Athlete Advisory Group. 

In this episode of On Side, join Tim Gavel as he chats to Eric Mackenzie …

Clean and Gold: Nerves of steel with Jackie Narracott, Paul Narracott and Michael Milton

January 31st, 2022


Travelling 140km/h downhill head-first on ice is not for the faint-hearted, but Jackie Narracott is no shrinking violet. After her first attempt at …

Brenton Rickard: low level, maximum difficulty (ft. Dr Naomi Speers)

December 15th, 2021


Australian swimmer Brenton Rickard’s world was turned upside down when a retest of a urine sample taken at the 2012 London Olympics returned a …

Abuse, complaints and independence in sport with Football Australia CEO James Johnson and more

October 19th, 2021


Welcome to Season 3 of On Side. We’re looking forward to monthly episodes as we get ready for the Winter Olympics and Paralympics in Beijing, along with the men’s World Cup and the Birmingham Commonwealth Games.  

Join …

Clean and Gold: Kate McLoughlin and David Culbert

September 16th, 2021


In the final edition of our Clean and Gold series of On Side, we relive the Paralympic Games highlights with the team’s chef de mission Kate …

Clean and Gold: Chris Nunn and Ahmed Kelly

August 24th, 2021


This episode of Clean and Gold celebrates the Paralympic Games – an event that is so often referred to as “more than sport”.

Hosted by Tim Gavel and …

Clean and Gold: Lucy Stephan, Alex Purnell and Glenn Mitchell

August 11th, 2021


It was billed as “the Olympics the world had to have” and it certainly delivered. This episode of Clean and Gold looks back at the Games’ highlights …

Clean and Gold: Raelene Boyle, Bronwen Knox and Milly Tapper

July 21st, 2021


Hosted by Tim Gavel and three-time Olympic gold medallist Petria Thomas, this blockbuster edition of our Clean And Gold series features champion …

Clean and Gold: Chris Bond and Kim Brennan (Crow)

July 6th, 2021


Hosted by Tim Gavel and three-time Olympic gold medallist Petria Thomas, this Clean And Gold episode features two-time Paralympic gold medallist …

Clean And Gold: Anna Meares and Curtis McGrath

June 23rd, 2021


At On Side we are celebrating the impending Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo with a special Clean and Gold series.

Hosted by Tim Gavel and …

Abuse, bribes and pressure: a ref’s calling with Ben Williams, Kasey Badger & Grant Jones

June 15th, 2021


Players, coaches, commentators, fans ... when you’re a match official, everyone has an opinion about your performance on the field.

In the latest episode of On Side we talk to retired Australian football referee Ben …

Concussion: The knock-on effect with Peter FitzSimons, Prof. Alan Pearce & Michael Milton

May 3rd, 2021


There is growing evidence that multiple concussions may increase the risk of experiencing a range of diseases and cognitive impairments later in life.

Taking the gender out of ability with Kate Palmer, Cara Honeychurch and Tracey Menzies

March 31st, 2021


The dearth of women in leadership and in high performance coaching roles is still a problem in sport.

In latest episode of On Side we talk to former …

Sport and mental health with Mary Spillane, Rachael Sporn and Daniel Kowalski

March 2nd, 2021


One in three elite athletes report experiencing symptoms of anxiety and depression at some time during or post their sporting career.

In the seventh and latest episode of On Side, we examine the prevalence of mental …

On Side Highlights 2 ft. Dr David Hughes, Michael Roeger, Steve Jackson & Cassie Fien

February 5th, 2021


This highlight edition of our podcast On Side features our chat with AIS Chief Medical Officer Dr David Hughes on inclusion in sport following last …

On Side Highlights ft. Michael Gallagher, Carrie Graf, Eloise Wellings, Madeline Hills & Katrina Fanning

January 28th, 2021


In this highlight edition of our podcast On Side we take a peek at some of the best interviews so far.

This includes our chat with 2008 and 2012 …

Changing the game with Belinda Clark, Bec Goddard and Chris Butler

December 17th, 2020


Cricket icon Belinda Clark has blazed her way into the record books and is just as fearless off the field, paving a way for women in sport.

In the sixth and latest episode of On Side Clark, the first player, male or …

Thrills, spills and more, with Caroline Buchanan, John Aloisi and Chad Perris

November 26th, 2020


A self-confessed adrenaline addict with the injuries to prove it – Caroline Buchanan is held together by bolts, wires, plates … you name it. For a …

Equality: a past, present and future perspective, with Carrie Graf, Keely Froling, Heather McKay

October 29th, 2020


Guests: Eloise Wellings, Madeline Hills, Michael Crooks, Carrie Graf, Keely Froling & Heather McKay

How far has women’s sport come? Events like …

Setbacks, the lure of gold, and the “greatest” league final with Michael Roeger

September 29th, 2020


Guests: Jessica Hansen, Steve Jackson & Michael Roeger

Ever since he was a young boy growing up in Langhorne Creek, three-time Paralympian …

COVID, a packed sporting calendar and sports’ survival with Craig Phillips

September 1st, 2020


Guests: Melissa Breen, Cassie Fien & Craig Phillips

Commonwealth Games Australia’s chief executive officer Craig Phillips is the most capped Olympic team official in Australian sporting history and has 35 years’ …

Acceptance, racism in sport, and the way forward with Katrina Fanning

July 31st, 2020


Guests: Katrina Fanning, Emma Johnson, Adam Cook & Naomi Speers

Katrina Fanning is an Australian women’s sport pioneer, an Indigenous champion and rugby league legend.

On Sport Integrity Australia’s first edition of …

John Boultbee: National Sports Tribunal an “overdue” opportunity

June 11th, 2020


The National Sports Tribunal CEO John Boultbee says the tribunal is an “overdue” opportunity for sporting bodies, athletes and support personnel.

The danger for sport post-COVID-19 with Sport Integrity Australia CEO David Sharpe

May 28th, 2020


With Sport Integrity Australia opening to the public on July 1, new Chief Executive Officer David Sharpe talks about the dangers sports will face in …

No longer the enemy, with State Managers of Doping Control John Rhodes and Alisa Readdy

May 6th, 2020


This episode features two of our Doping Control state managers John Rhodes (Victoria) and Alissa Ready (Queensland).

John and Alisa commenced their …

ASADA’s “critical role” during sports shutdown with CEO David Sharpe & Chief Science Officer Naomi Speers

April 10th, 2020


While COVID-19 has shut down sport in Australia and around the world, ASADA’s CEO David Sharpe says our role in protecting sport is “more critical …

Talking Lance Armstrong and death threats with USADA CEO Travis Tygart

March 12th, 2020


USADA CEO Travis Tygart has dealt with some of the biggest anti-doping cases in history, such as the scandals involving Lance Armstrong and Marion …

“You don’t need to cheat to be good” – Olympic gold medallist Petria Thomas

February 27th, 2020


Swimmer and three-time Olympic gold medallist Petria Thomas has a message for all athletes - “You don’t need to cheat to be good”.

Petria joins us on …

Fighting a win-at-all-costs mentality, with USADA’s Tammy Hanson and ASADA’s Alexis Cooper

February 13th, 2020


This episode focuses on an anti-doping education collaboration between the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA), the United States …

Crossing a dark line, with dual Paralympic gold medallist Michael Gallagher

January 29th, 2020


Welcome to Season 2 of On Side.

Today’s episode features 2008 and 2012 Paralympic cycling gold medallist Michael Gallagher.

Prior to the 2016 Rio …

Celebrating 20 years of service with the Chair of ASDMAC Dr. Susan White

December 17th, 2019

Dr Susan White, an inaugural member of the very first Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) committee in Australia, last month celebrated 20 years on the Australian Sports Drug Medical Advisory Committee (ASDMAC).   Dr White, …

Educating young athletes with DFSNZ Education Manager Sian Clancy

December 2nd, 2019

You’re never too young for anti-doping education!   That’s the view of Drug Free Sport NZ (DFSNZ) Education Manager Sian Clancy.   Sian believes the perfect time to ensure they develop as a clean athlete is when a …

Protecting athlete data with Chief Information Officer Andrew Collins

November 19th, 2019

In this episode of On Side, we speak to Andrew Collins, ASADA’s Chief Information Officer.   A self-confessed nerd, Andrew has always been interested …

A sneak peek inside ASADA with John Vandermeide & Michael Harkins

November 1st, 2019


Have you ever wondered what it’s like to work at ASADA? We asked University of Canberra student John Vandermeide, who has finished a professional placement here with the science team, exactly that. “It’s definitely been …

Transgender issues in sport with Dr David Hughes

October 16th, 2019


AIS Chief Medical Officer Dr David Hughes talks about the issues of inclusion in sport following the release of the Guidelines for the inclusion of …

From slow twin to fast lane with clean sport educator Kurt Hurzog

October 1st, 2019

In this episode of On Side we meet swimming World Championship bronze medallist Kurt Herzog, our Clean Sport Educator, who made his Australian debut at the relatively late age of 23.   Kurt, who jokes that for many …

Behind the scenes with doping control officer Margaret Anderson

September 17th, 2019


In this episode of On Side, we talk to Margaret Anderson, a former PE teacher and our Doping Control Officer. Anderson, who has a life-long love of …

Commitment to clean fair sport with CEO of DFSNZ Nick Paterson

September 4th, 2019

In this episode of On Side, we talk to Nick Paterson, the Chief Executive Officer of Drug Free Sport New Zealand (DFSNZ) about our collective …

Confidentiality undertakings with deputy CEO Darren Mullaly

August 21st, 2019

In this episode of On Side Darren Mullaly, our Deputy CEO – Legal, Education and Corporate, discusses why ASADA has confidentiality undertakings with …

Science, culture & religion with scientist Shereen Naz

August 7th, 2019

In this episode of On Side we meet scientist Shereen Naz, who also studied vet science and pathology.   Shereen migrated to Australia from Pakistan …

Behind the scenes with Olympic bronze medallist & director of sport operations and engagement Emma Johnson

July 21st, 2019

Welcome to On Side, the official podcast of the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA).   ASADA is globally recognised for continually setting new benchmarks in operating and delivering an effective anti-doping …
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