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Hosted by author Debbie Gonzales, the Debcast is dedicated to the courageous female athletes of the past and present who demonstrate that playing like a girl means to approach sports – and life – with confidence, commitment, and drive in order to achieve any worthy goal. It means being aware that, when you excel in your sport, it’s a win for all girls – everywhere. Here on The Debcast, we'll explore what it means to be an athletic girl with guts by talking with female athletes of all ages and walks of life, as well as authors who have written about them. Deb is the author of the forthcoming non-fiction picture book GIRLS WITH GUTS: BREAKING BARRIERS AND BASHING RECORDS (Charlesbridge, 2019).
||CleanEP13: It's Okay to be Afraid with Corrine Myka||In this episode, Corrine Myka shares how her life-long passion for swimming has guided her life’s work. As a young girl, Corrine found a confidence, contentment, and a sense of belonging in the pool. As an instructor of adults, she’s grown to...||12/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEP12-Risks are Worth It with Author Lindsey Leslie||In this episode, Lindsay Leslie candidly shares how her connection with athletics saved her life. She shares how her past athletic experiences became the source she needed to pull on in efforts to find the strength to heal from a potentially...||12/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEP11-Broken, Yet Undaunted with Kaitlyn Bean||Kaitlyn Bean is truly a girl with guts. In this episode, Kaitlyn describes a horrific car accident she experienced, one that left her with two broken legs and a crushed heal. Doctors told her that she would, most likely, recover to walk with a limp...||11/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEP10: Fencing Found Me with Olympian Felicia Zimmerman||In this Debcast episode, two-time Olympic contender Felicia Zimmerman talks about her childhood experiences as a shy girl who became empowered the first time she placed a fencing mask on her face. Her sister, Iris, has had a life-time impact on...||11/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEP09: The Power of a Mentor with Shannon Anderson||Shannon Anderson is a remarkable woman, to say the very least. This woman of faith is a mother, teacher, a Regional Advisor for the SCBWI-Indiana Chapter, a blogger, multi-published author, marathoner, and has earned the prestigious honor of being the..||11/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEP08: A Book and Its Cover with Debbie Gonzales||Author Deb Gonzales discusses the inspiration, creative process, and dedication for her debut picture book, GIRLS WITH GUTS!:THE ROAD TO BREAKING BARRIERS AND BASHING RECORDS. In this episode, she highlights some of the vignettes featured in the book,..||11/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEP07: The Desire to Belong with Mary Atkinson||In this episode, Deb and Mary Atkinson, author of Tillie: Heart and Soul,discuss the connection her protagonist Tillie has with her sport, her family and friends, and her inner desire to belong. They explore how the sport of skating serves to empower...||10/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEP06: An Analysis of the Athletic Protagonist with Shannon Gibney||Deb deep dives into literary analysis in both of Shannon Gibney’s incredible YA novels. Using Deb’s MFA thesis as a guide, the two explore the sports novel as a medium granting athletic protagonists a feeling of authenticity, emotional resonance,...||10/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEP05-Movement is Transformational with Lisa Hesse||In this episode Deb and Lisa engage in a thoughtful conversation about body image, the mind-body connection, the transformational effect athletics has on girls of all ages. As a teen coming-of-age on the cusp of the passage of Title IX, Lisa shares...||10/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEP04: The DNA of Rock Climbing with Kristin Lenz||Deb explores Kristin’s deep love of nature, mountains, and the treacherous sport of rock climbing. It’s astounding to know that Kristin’s life-long passion for scaling the dangerously sheer edges of a mountainside inspired her award-winning...||10/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA Dream Bigger Than Her Fear with Gabby Whitethorne||In this episode, barrel racer and breakaway roper Gabby Whitethorne describes the thrills and chills of the rodeo, as well as the commitment and dedication required to succeed in her sport. She also proudly expresses her devotion to her culture, her...||10/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTeam Work: You Get What You Put In with Julie Bliven||Julie Bliven, editor at Charlesbridge Publishing, and children's author Debbie Gonzales discuss the impact participation in athletics has had on Julie's personal and professional life. In addition, they explore the premise of GIRLS WITH GUTS: THE ROAD..||9/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSuccess Requires Failure with Geraldine Carter||--||9/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
A woman with guts!
Finally a podcast highlighting amazing women and their stories as athletes. Debbie covers a range of sports, from the mainstream to the uncommon: fencing, barrel-racing, and more. Her guests are so interesting, and Deb is inspiring!
A woman on a mission
I had the pleasure of meeting Deb recently and she was such a genuine and delightful woman. The story of why she created this podcast is amazing. As a sports chiropractor, a female athlete and mom of many young female athletes, I’m so excited about the movement Deb is creating with this podcast and her upcoming book!
This podcast is bringing light to important women who have made a name for themselves. Female role models are important in sports and I am looking forward to hearing more interviews!