"Whenever we see things that are not right in society, we ought to stand up and question them"

Henry Olonga in action

Henry Olonga in action

This week on Planet Sport you can hear our conversation with former Zimbabwean cricketer, Henry Olonga! He speaks to Planet Sport’s new presenter, Tom Ellis, about his story of protest against Robert Mugabe and what it meant to become the first black cricketer to play for Zim, back in 1995.

Listen to the Planet Sport interview below:

"I read scriptures in the Bible, so that I know God is going to be with me in that ring" 🥊

Field Reporter Tom Ellis (L) speaking to Joshua Buatsi (R) in Rio, Brazil 2016

Field Reporter Tom Ellis (L) speaking to Joshua Buatsi (R) in Rio, Brazil 2016

You can catch up on our latest Planet Sport feature, where we are looking back at the Rio 2016 Olympics and our conversation with British Boxer, Joshua Buatsi. He speaks to Tom Ellis about what it means to actually be an Olympian and how his faith in Jesus gives him the motivation that he needs!

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What's coming up in 2019?

The Cricket World Cup kicks off in England & Wales, on 30th May

The Cricket World Cup kicks off in England & Wales, on 30th May

As we enter the New Year it’s time to look ahead at what sporting events 2019 has in store, and how Passion For Sport will be getting in on the action!

Cricket World Cup (30 May-14 July)

At a time when English cricket is at the peak of it’s ODI powers, the world is coming for the 2019 World Cup in England & Wales. PFS will be keeping an eye on proceedings and related cricket content may feature on our Planet Sport programme.

Africa Cup of Nations (07-30 June)

Undoubtedly the biggest footballing competition across the continent, AFCON always provides football fans with much entertainment, surprise packages and world class performers. This time around, it is still to be confirmed which country will be hosting the tournament, after the recent news that Cameroon were stripped of the rights. Egypt or South Africa seem to be the final replacement options (announcement coming 9th Jan). We aim to be at AFCON 2019, where we will be reporting for our Football Africa programme, to keep fans of African football up to date and to get their views on developing stories.

Rugby World Cup (20 Sep-02 Nov)

2019 is the year that just keeps on giving. As we hit Autumn, we will be sending a small team out to Japan for the RWC, where we will be delivering daily shows for our Rugby Podcast. Our time in Tokyo will be spent interviewing players, reporting on developing stories, plus bringing you insights into the local culture and initiatives that are running alongside the tournament.

Our in-house Productions

Alongside these flagship events, we will of course continue to bring you weekly sport content across our three productions, Planet Sport, Planet Sport Football Africa and the Planet Sport Rugby Podcast.

Do come on the journey with us, 2019 promises to be a memorable year of elite sport!

"It's been a wonderful year of great sporting success across the board"

Kylian Mbappe lifted the World Cup with France at this summer’s FIFA World Cup in Russia

Kylian Mbappe lifted the World Cup with France at this summer’s FIFA World Cup in Russia

This week on Planet Sport it’s the turn of our Sports Reporters to give their sporting highlights from the year 2018! Featuring France wonderkid Kylian Mbappe and USA Sprint sensation, Ronnie Baker! Listen in to the annual highlights of Solomon Ashoms, Norman Brierley and Liam Flint:

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Stuart Weir gives his 2018 Sporting Review!

Stuart Weir- Our Football Africa, European Football Expert

Stuart Weir- Our Football Africa, European Football Expert

It’s that time of year, where at Planet Sport we look back over the year of 2018 and discuss some of the most memorable sporting moments from around the world. First up is our very own Stuart Weir, who is part of our Football Africa team and offers his expert analysis on all things European football. Listen in to his top moments from 2018:

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"We were turning up to training without balls and training gear a lot of the time"

Dan Leo- Former Samoan Rugby International

Dan Leo- Former Samoan Rugby International

Over at Planet Sport, for the last fortnight we have brought you a two-part interview with former Samoan international Rugby player, Dan Leo. In this second part of his career story, he tells us about how close his side were to boycotting a Test Match against England due to issues in the camp and how his faith has played more than it’s part in his sport.

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Marcus Jones, Head of News at Premier Christian Radio visits the PFS HQ!

Adrian Barnard - Content Manager (L),  Marcus Jones - Head of News (C),  Liam Flint - Digital Media Manager (R)

Adrian Barnard- Content Manager (L), Marcus Jones- Head of News (C), Liam Flint- Digital Media Manager (R)

We were delighted to welcome Marcus Jones down to our Cornwall office this week, with the aim of exploring possible synergy between the work that Premier Christian do, through their radio, magazine and digital media, and what we do here!

As Head of News, it was great to hear from Marcus the latest developments in Premier and see how, we at Passion For Sport, are journeying through the same media landscape, as more people turn to consuming their sport and information digitally!

We were really encouraged by the opportunities that our programmes have to share and contribute to the work that Premier is undertaking, especially with major sporting events just around the corner, in the form of the Rugby World Cup in Japan and the 2020 Olympics.

With a mutual desire to reach people for the gospel, these are exciting times. Watch this space!

"What kept me steady was knowing that God had created me to be there"

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American track athlete, Madeline Manning-Mims made history in clinching Gold at the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City. As a black athlete, her journey of challenging racial prejudice has left a long-lasting impact even today! She later went on to become a 4-time Olympian, a coach, a gospel singer and a chaplain.

Listen to the Planet Sport interview below:

"I'm not really sure what makes a champion, a lot of dedication and hope I guess?"

Christabel Nettey (Canada) showing off her Gold medal on the Gold Coast!

Christabel Nettey (Canada) showing off her Gold medal on the Gold Coast!

Canadian Long Jump Champion, Christabel Nettey, took time out after winning Gold at the Commonwealth Games to share with us what makes a champion, how she got to the top from some previous low points, and what her future holds after taking home a medal!

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Announcing our CAMEROON NIGHT: African-food buffet & Sports Quiz

Cameroon are hosting the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations and we will be there!

Cameroon are hosting the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations and we will be there!

To mark us going out to the Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon in 2019, we are putting on a fund-raiser with an African-themed food buffet and a Sports Quiz!

Please see the graphic below for further details and how to book your tickets! We really hope that you can join us and get behind our project!

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We hope you can join us!

Ezinne Okparaebo: 3-time Olympian and Norwegian 100m record holder!

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Being the national record holder for any sporting event is highly impressive, but Ezinne Okparaebo has taken the 100m title for multiple years in a row, making her the undisputed, fastest woman in Norway!

Nigeria-born Ezinne, has turned out at 3 Olympic Games, Beijing, London and Rio, and still has hopes of making it 4 when Tokyo 2020 comes around.

We spoke to Ezinne about her love for the track, how she made a life herself in Scandinavia and importantly how her faith in Jesus has impacted on her career.

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Enter our Rugby competition giveaway!

A signed Saracens Tee is up for grabs!

A signed Saracens Tee is up for grabs!

We are really pleased to announce that we are running a giveaway competition to celebrate our latest release of the Rugby Podcast.

The prize up for grabs is an official Saracens Rugby T-shirt, signed by Saracens and Australia pro Will Skelton! To be in with a chance to win, head over to our Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and follow the entry requirements! Go on, treat yourself!

Saracens' Will Skelton talks Wallabies, World Cup ambitions & faith

On the latest Podcast we feature Saracens and Australia Rugby star, Will Skelton, who talks about his thoughts ahead of the Rugby World Cup next year in Japan and he tells us how important his faith in Jesus is to his on-field game.

That’s not all! USA Rugby’s Carlin Isles, the world’s fastest Rugby player, also joins us to play the ‘This or That’ game. Is he as quick with his words as he is with his feet?

Listen to the Planet Sport Rugby Podcast below:

Image Credit: Alasdair Massie

From child soldier to Olympian!

Julius Achon speaking to Planet Sport's Tom Ellis at the 2018 CW Games. 

Julius Achon speaking to Planet Sport's Tom Ellis at the 2018 CW Games. 

Planet Sport caught up with a Ugandan track legend, Julius Achon to hear about his amazing journey of facing adversity, pursuing his dreams and ultimately becoming an Olympian! 

Listen to the full Planet Sport interview below:

"When you pull on the red jersey, it's this pride that we have as Canadians"

Photo cred: Pierre-Yves Beaudouin

Photo cred: Pierre-Yves Beaudouin

Planet Sport caught up with Canadian basketballer, Ruth Hamblin to talk about what it means to represent her country, the perks of being 6ft 6" and how important her faith is to her.

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"I knew that if I really worked hard, it could happen"- Kare Adenegen

Credit- British Athletics/ Getty Images

Credit- British Athletics/ Getty Images

Planet Sport caught up with wheelchair racer Kare Adenegen, who in June, set the British T34 World Record. She tells us how it feels to be a world record holder and how her faith as a follower of Jesus Christ impacts her life on and off the track.

Listen to the full Planet Sport interview below:

"Deep down I'm a fighter and I'm not going to give up"- Wenda Nel

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Olympic Hurdler Wenda Nel spoke to Planet Sport's Norman Brierley about what has been a tough season for the South African, but also how despite all of this, she continues to fight, to be an example to others and to 'live out the gift that she has been given'.

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"Everyone has potential but it's only unlocked through the hard work"

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Ronnie Baker (pictured centre) has dominated this season's Diamond League circuit in the 100 metres, winning three out of four races with a sub-ten second time. Planet Sport's Norman Brierley caught up with the American on his rapid rise to the top level of world sprinting and asked how he views his success this season. 

Listen to the full Planet Sport interview below: