Curious Cows

Mike James

The aim of the Curious Cows Podcast is to challenge herd wisdom through conversations with the 'moo-vers' and shakers in life who have an inspirational story to tell that is simply worth listening to! Whilst the podcast is rooted in sport, our guests are not limited to the sporting world as we explore a variety of fields and disciplines. read less

Episode 3: Jemima King; Inspirational tennis coach
Mar 20 2021
Episode 3: Jemima King; Inspirational tennis coach
Mike James in conversation with Jemima King.Jemima King is the County Performance Officer for Buckinghamshire Junior Tennis.  She is an inspirational coach and role model for girls in sport whilst also being a huge advocate for the female coaching journey. As a player she played U.S College Tennis at Boise State, becoming their most decorated ever doubles player, but also was instrumental in leading Bucks Ladies to their first ever Division 1 'County Week' title. Listen to how she balances out motherhood and coaching, her Fed Cup Trip to Argentina with Judy Murray in 2012, what 'performance' means to her.  She concludes with her 3 key qualities/values that she seeks to live up to everyday.Jemima's bio.Podcast highlights:1.07     A 'late developer' on court5.10     U.S Div 1 College Tennis at Boise State7.53     Injury halts play but her game develops as a result9.28     Thinking about turning professional11.20   Journey into coaching14.18   A heart for getting girls into sport18.10   Balancing motherhood and coaching21.05   Advocating the female coaching journey25.55   A new role - County Performance Officer for Bucks Tennis27.50   County Tennis as a player - leading Bucks ladies forward to first ever County week Div 1 title38.23   What does 'performance' mean to you?42.43   3 key qualities/values that you seek to live up to each dayNotes and credits: This episode was recorded over Zoom during the February 2021 pandemic lockdown. Music: John Bartmann (CC BY-SA 4.0 Attribution-ShareAlike licence).
Episode 2: Scott Allaway; Team GB Bobsleigh and new ventures
Mar 20 2021
Episode 2: Scott Allaway; Team GB Bobsleigh and new ventures
Mike James in conversation with Scott Allaway.Scott is a former member of the TeamGB Bobsleigh Team and went on to become its Commercial Director between 2010 and 2014.  His work in this role took the team to the Winter Olympics in Sochi where their 4 man crew finished 5th - later upgraded to an Olympic Bronze Medal after the Russian doping scandal which disqualified the two Russian sleds which finished ahead of GB.Throughout this time Scott has, and continues to be, a very successful businessman applying lessons from sport into business and visa versa in equal measure.  His enthusiasm, humour and ability to break through barriers (if he even sees them!) will no doubt inspire you as you listen to his story.Highlights:0.55     How Scott got into Bobsleigh and winning through a talent ID day at Bath University at the age of 35!8.49     Selection for GB 'It's a stopwatch sport'10.50   Scott becomes commercial director for British Bobsleigh in 2010 with the organisation was broke, had no sponsors, and was in disarray15.50   Picking up the phone, selling the vision, using business experience to get the support required.  Scott raises over 350K!18.00   A trip to the Sochi Olympics20.43   The Russian doping scandal culminated 6 years later in the team getting the bronze medal - the cost & implications of this...22.43   Scott's business career - did sport inform business or visa versa?  Becoming a director and then eventually buying and selling Zenith30.35  Getting restless for a new challenge32.30  That's 'been' so put it in the 'bin'34.45  New venture - indoor sport structures (Halton Sport Structures* ) - 52 'live' projects41.33  Scott's 3 keys to winning at life!*Halton Sport Structures is an independent business to Halton Tennis Centre and is not a branch/offshootNotes and credits: This episode was recorded over Zoom during the February 2021 pandemic lockdown. Music: John Bartmann (CC BY-SA 4.0 Attribution-ShareAlike licence).