Episode #18 – No Fear of Falling Podcast – Nigerian Women’s Bobsled Team

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In this episode, we head to Houston, Texas, USA to talk to the three members of the NIGERIAN WOMEN’S BOBSLED TEAM, Seun Adigun, Ngozi Onwumere, and Akuoma Omeoga, who are currently crowdfunding on GoFundMe to raise funds for training and competition costs as they aim for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.

To date, there have been 7 athletes from the continent of Africa who have competed in the Winter Olympics. None of them have competed in Bobsled, and none of them have been women. So these three are breaking new ground in their journey, and in turn inspiring a generation of athletes in Nigeria and Africa to look outside the normal, and to aim to do something different.

But not only are they breaking new ground, they are doing it in a DIY fashion; to the point of making their own training equipment, conducting their own social media, and combining the training schedules of an Olympic athlete within their own lives which already have higher educational studies and careers within them.

Their journey so far has been documented by a number of different media outlets, both in print, television, and on the internet. For some, this exposure would go to their heads, but these three continue to maintain that what they are doing is so much bigger than just them, and have stayed humble and selfless within it all.

We talked about their journey so far, the nuances associated with learning Bobsled,    the impact that they hope to leave in their continent through what they are doing, and how failure is a way to learn, grow, and develop yourselves into a stronger person.

To check out their updates, news, and to find out more, you can check out the following links:

http://www.bsfnigeria.com (Official Website)

https://www.facebook.com/Bobsled-Skeleton-Federation-Of-Nigeria-1698794513771544/ (Facebook)

https://twitter.com/BSF_Nigeria (Twitter)

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCt8zECC75IJhqwRtR1R81dA (YouTube)

https://www.instagram.com/bsfnigeria/ (Instagram)


Episode #17 – No Fear of Falling Podcast – Yasnyiar Bonne Gea (Professional Surfer, Indonesia)

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In this episode, we head to the beautiful beaches of Bali, Indonesia to talk to YASNYIAR BONNE GEA, a professional surfer who currently is crowdfunding over at our favorite crowdfunding platform MAKEACHAMP to raise funds for her upcoming competition schedule as she aims for the Asia Champion Title.

She is a 5 Time Indonesian Women’s Champion (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012), and a 2 Time Asian Champion (2011, 2014).

What makes her story so fascinating is how she got to this point, in that Bonne was completely self-taught. She started surfing quite late in life (20-21), and she got herself to the point that she is now completely through hard work, trial and error, determination, and a love for being on the waves.

We talked about her journey to get where she is now, about surf tourism in Indonesia, how surfing can be used for female empowerment, the parallels that surfing have on normal life, and you’ll hear a touching story by her friend Lentera Lentaya (who also is the second voice you hear translating in this episode) talking about how she met Bonne and how amazing a person Bonne is.

You can contribute to Bonne’s MAKEACHAMP campaign, and keep track of her news and social media (she does a lot of great videos) at the following links:

https://www.facebook.com/yasnyiarbonnegea (Facebook)

https://makeachamp.com/yasnyiarbonnegea/27376 (MAKEACHAMP)

Episode #16 – No Fear of Falling Podcast – Juan Pablo Lopez (Sprint Kayak Athlete, Puerto Rico)

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In this episode, we head to Puerto Rico to talk to JUAN PABLO LOPEZ, a Sprint Kayak Athlete who is currently raising funds for training and competition fees using MAKEACHAMP;  and is aiming to become Puerto Rico’s first ever Sprint Kayak Olympian at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

He fell in love with the sport quite late in life, deciding to put on hold a college scholarship to play soccer to push himself and see where he could end up. So far, it has led him to becoming the National Record Holder in all competitive distances, to training in Poland with one of the country’s strongest canoe clubs, and has instilled in him a iron will and determination which seems to be very difficult to break.

This determination and will have been tested though, especially in regards to the measures he has taken to continue training and competing with limited funding. But throughout these difficulties, he comes across as someone who knows that he can push through anything through working hard and pushing himself.

We talked about his journey to get where he is now, living and training in an entirely different culture, his love for Poland (he’s the unofficial ambassador to Poland for Puerto Rico :)), and how there is no substitute for working hard when dealing with failure and its after effects.

You can follow Juan, keep track of his news and results, and donate to his crowdfunding campaign on MAKEACHAMP using the following links:

https://www.facebook.com/Juan-Pablo-Lopez-473381949379171/ (Facebook Athlete Page)

https://makeachamp.com/juanpablo (MAKEACHAMP Page)

https://www.instagram.com/juan.pablo20/ (Instagram Profile)


Episode #15 – No Fear of Falling Podcast – Dominik Dresel (Lehrermarktplatz.de)

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In this episode, we head to Germany to talk to DOMINIK DRESEL, a 2016 member of the Young Founders Conference with the Westerwelle Foundation; and the co-founder of LEHRERMARKTPLATZ.DE, an online marketplace specifically for teachers and educators, where they can submit and purchase lesson plans and educational materials. This in turn is creating a community of teachers throughout Germany who can be connected, work together, and in turn develop their abilities and skills to continue reaching out and giving opportunities to students all over the country.

The desire to teach and help people within the educational system is something that Dominik always wanted to do, but instead of going directly into the system as a teacher, he went around from the outside, discovering that he could use his knowledge gained from studying business to create a venture that could reach out to teachers in ways that projects and companies he was with in the past could not. This desire was one of the foundations that created Lehrermarktplatz.de, and indirectly it also created something that can become a strong connecting force for teachers and those working within the educational system, which can be at times an isolating experience; which in turn reminds teachers that they are not alone and that there is always someone there that can help and who can give them new ideas, inspiration, and perspective.

We talked about his journey in the creation of Lehrermarktplatz, about his thoughts about the German educational system, his goals and dreams for what he is doing, and about how even though the odds and statistics may say one thing, and that even though failure sometimes is an ever-present possibility in what you are doing, that no matter what happens, the lessons and knowledge you gain from the entire experience will strengthen you, help you grow, and make you that much better in the long run.

To find out more about Dominik and Lehrermarktplatz.de, you can visit the following links:
https://lehrermarktplatz.de (Official Website, German)
https://www.facebook.com/lehrermarktplatz (Facebook)
dominik@lehrermarktplatz.de (Email Address for Dominik)


Episode #14 – No Fear of Falling Podcast – Elizabeth Hosking (Canadian Snowboarding Athlete)

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In this episode, we talk to ELIZABETH HOSKING, a 15 year old Canadian competitive halfpipe snowboarder based out of Quebec, Canada. She’s a competitor on the World Snowboard Tour, and just recently found out that she has qualified to represent Canada at the upcoming Snowboarding World Championships in Spain. She currently has a crowdfunding campaign going on over at MAKEACHAMP to raise funds for training and travel expenses.

For an athlete of such a young age, she has accomplished so much on the national and international stage, and with dreams of competing for Canada at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games focused in her mind, she is an athlete and a person that will get very far in everything that she does.

We talked about the sport of snowboarding as a whole, her journey to get where she is now, how she prefers flat-spins to flips, and how sometimes by experiencing your greatest fears directly, you can overcome them and give yourself a greater opportunity to grow and succeed.

We wish Elizabeth a ton of good luck for the upcoming World Championships, and we will be cheering you on!

To find out more about Elizabeth and to keep up with her results and news, you can check out the following links:

http://www.elizabethhosking.ca (Official Website)

https://makeachamp.com/elizabethhosking (MAKEACHAMP Campaign)

https://www.facebook.com/Elizabeth-Hosking-Snowboarder-302151113280048/ (Facebook)

https://www.instagram.com/elizabethhosking/ (Instagram)



Episode #13 – No Fear of Falling Podcast – Sara Mihalik (Hungarian Sprint Kayak Athlete)

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In this episode, we head to Hungary to speak to SARA MIHALIK, a sprint kayak racer for the U23 National Team squad for the kayaking powerhouse of Hungary. She is a strong up-and-comer within her country, aiming for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, and currently has a crowdfunding campaign going on over at MAKEACHAMP to raise funds for training, travel and a new racing boat.

She is a multiple national champion in Hungary, and has enjoyed success on the international stage as well, with podium results at the 2012 Olympic Hopes competition, the 2016 U23 Marathon World Championships, and the 2016 Senior Marathon World Championships. She has been able to do this while juggling a university studies workload at Szent Istvan University (Agricultural Engineering) which any studying athlete will tell you is not an easy feat.

We talked about her journey to get where she is now, hypothesized about the reasons for Hungary’s dominance in sports that involve water, how the words and actions of her coach have inspired her to push harder, and how your failures give you an opportunity to understand yourself in a purer form than any situation could.

You can learn more about Sara, and contribute to her MAKEACHAMP campaign by checking out the following links:

https://makeachamp.com/mihaliksara/27312 (MAKEACHAMP Campaign Page)

https://www.facebook.com/sara.mihalik.7 (Facebook)

https://www.instagram.com/saci0413/ (Instagram)


Episode #12 – No Fear of Falling Podcast – Marcus Munday (American Taekwondo Athlete)

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In this episode, we head to the eastern United States to talk to MARCUS MUNDAY, a highly decorated Taekwondo Athlete with big aspirations, and the drive and determination to achieve them. He currently has a crowdfunding campaign going on MAKEACHAMP where he is raising funds for his competition and training expenses.

He is a 10 Time US National Champion, who is working towards securing a spot on the American National Team, and aiming towards the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. He just recently competed at the 2017 US Open of Taekwondo in Las Vegas, Nevada, where it took a match against the #1 Rank in his weight class to stop his progression in the tournament.

We talked about his journey to get where he is now, the positive physical and mental benefits of martial arts training, and how looking forwards towards your goal can give you a platform to understand and implement your failures and keep you motivated and determined to do your best.

You can learn more about Marcus and contribute to his crowdfunding campaigns here:

Website: http://www.marcusmundaytkd.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/MMundaytkd

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/marcus_mundaytkd/

MAKEACHAMP: https://makeachamp.com/marcusmunday/27326