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The VolleyTalk Podcast

The VolleyTalk Podcast

By Tasha Mae
VolleyTalk's mission is to grow the sport of volleyball and beach volleyball, and for people to get to know their favorite players better! It's gonna include lots of laughter, so get your giggles ready!
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20- VolleyTalk w/ Katja Stam 🇳🇱
“Believe in your dreams, believe in yourself, and get something positive out of every day!” Today's guest is Katja Stam, beach volleyball star from the Netherlands!! In this episode, Katja talks about:- - Her debut at the Olympics being one of the youngest teams there with Raisa - Her instant love towards beach volleyball at the age of 12 - How her partnership with Raisa is actually one of the biggest challenges for them as a team, but how they still manage to pull it off - Why family is so important to her - Why perseverance is the most important trait of a beach volleyball player to her - How she balances her blooming volleyball career with her studies - How she always stays positive no matter what - Why Dutch directness is so important and useful on court - How she evolved from such a shy girl to the star she is now - And sooo much more! *Please note that this is not an actual podcast with fancy equipment, so please forgive the mediocre audio quality and excessive laughing :') NONETHELESS, I hope that you enjoy this casual chat with Katja, and learn a lot from her! Follow Katja on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/katjastam/
31:53
August 24, 2021
19- VolleyTalk w/ Michala Kvapilová 🇨🇿
“Just live in the moment and enjoy it because nothing lasts forever and life is short!” Today's guest is Michala Kvapilová , beach volleyball player from the Czech Republic!! In this episode, Michala talks about:- - How she first started beach volleyball (even though she swore she would never play volleyball when she was young! 😱) - How her father is one of her major inspirations - How splitting up with her partner taught her to be more open-minded - Her thoughts on the 2 Czech teams that were tested positive for Covid-19 right before the Olympic Games started! - Why she loves playing against Agatha and Duda! - How Michala and her partner turn a bad situation to a funny one! - Why determination is the most important trait of a beach volleyball player to her - She found her most recent passion-surfing!! 🏄‍♀️ - Why she thinks her extroverted personality has helped her a lot in court and in life - Why she would tell her younger self to be more calm… And sooo much more! Michala is just such a fun person to speak to and I dare you to not smile after you listen to this podcast (hint: it’s impossible) I hope that you’ve learned as much from her as I did! *Please note that this is not an actual podcast with fancy equipment, so please forgive the mediocre audio quality and excessive laughing :') NONETHELESS, I hope that you enjoy this casual chat with Michala, and learn a lot from her! Follow Michala on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/misakvapi/
30:05
August 1, 2021
18- VolleyTalk w Grant O'Gorman 🇨🇦
“If you try too hard to solve all future problems, you may miss solving the current problems.” Today's guest is Grant O’Gorman, beach volleyball player from Canada!! In this episode, Grant talks about:- - How he first started beach volleyball in Canada - How his curiosity for beach volleyball motivates him to get better every time - The multiple challenges he has faced in his life- his parents passing at a young age, breaking up with a beach volleyball partner and of course, surviving cancer! - His insane journey of surviving cancer and back to playing in just 4 months! - How his mindset towards beach volleyball has changed after getting cancer - How he is now partnering with the charity “Movember” to change the face of men’s health - The secret phrase he says to himself to prepare for games - His “embracing obstacles” mindset during games - His future plans to play in the AVP and Brazilian tours! - The mindset and skillset that has brought him the success he has today - How he once lived in a van! And sooo much more! Grant is just so chill and cool and someone who embraces adversities in life and turns them into his advantage. I hope you will learn as much as I did from him! *Please note that this is not an actual podcast with fancy equipment, so please forgive the mediocre audio quality and excessive laughing :') NONETHELESS, I hope that you enjoy this casual chat with Grant, and learn a lot from him! Follow Grant on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/instagrant1234/
33:14
July 8, 2021
17- VolleyTalk w/ Alexandra Jupiter 🇫🇷
“Life is love, and it’s just about getting around to it.” Today's guest is Alexandra Jupiter, beach volleyball star from France!!! In this episode, Alexandra talks about:- - How she disciplines herself to make sure she does the things she needs to - How she actually started beach volleyball when she moved to the US at the age of 14, and she started it together with her mum! - Why she finds inspiration in the queen Serena Williams- Alexandra talks about body image, self-acceptance, self-love - The process of how she went from an “individual player” to a “team player” - How she takes in the surroundings before her game starts to get used to the situation - Why breathing is the most important thing in tough situations - What winning the Mediterranean Games meant to herself and her team - How she’s slowly using social media to grow her influence in beach volleyball in France - Her favorite places to play in competitions! (Hint: involves Austria, Norway, Japan and Australia 😉) - Why her ‘poker face’ has helped her a lot in her career - But also what she wished people knew more about her behind her poker face - Why she would tell her younger self to “trust more” And sooo much more! This was really a conversation where Alexandra went deeeep and shared a lot of personal stuff! I really hope it inspires you to think a little differently about your game and life just like it did for me! *Please note that this is not an actual podcast with fancy equipment, so please forgive the mediocre audio quality and excessive laughing :') NONETHELESS, I hope that you enjoy this casual chat with Alexandra, and learn a lot from her! Follow Alexandra on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jups90/
45:05
July 2, 2021
16- VolleyTalk w Cherif 🇶🇦
"Just believe in God, believe in your destiny- and good things will come!” Today's guest is Cherif Younousse Samba, beach volleyball player from Qatar, and they are currently ranked number 2 in the world! In this episode, Cherif talks about:- - Why he can’t do a bench press but he’s still one of the most lethal spikers in the world! - Why he moved from US to Qatar - He never played indoor volleyball before!! - How he feels not only playing against but beating his childhood heroes (Phil Dalhausser, Alison, Clements/Doppler) - The secret behind their team’s incredible success in the recent months + the mentality they had to for three finals in a row in Cancun! - How he purposely creates a scene in the court just to spice things up 🔥 (this is hilarious) - The little beef he and Adrian Carambula had in Cancun 😂 - His mentality leading up to his second Olympic games - What his plans are after he retires from beach volleyball - How he is the only person in his family that does sports, and he has proved to them that he has made it - Patience, patience, patience is key - What the only difference is among players in the highest level And sooo much more! This was one of the funniest, craziest and most exciting talks I have ever done, and I hope that you enjoyed it and learned a great deal from Cherif! *Please note that this is not an actual podcast with fancy equipment, so please forgive the mediocre audio quality and excessive laughing :') NONETHELESS, I hope that you enjoy this casual chat with Cherif, and learn a lot from him! Follow Cherif on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cherifqatar/
47:52
June 21, 2021
15- VolleyTalk w/ Urte Andriukaityte 🇱🇹
"Laugh more, worry less and just enjoy the journey you’re in!” Today's guest is Urte Andriukaityte, beach volleyball player from Lithuania!! In this episode, Urte talks about:- - Why she refers to herself as a “stubborn dreamer” - How she accidentally started beach volleyball even though she HATED summer! - How beach volleyball itself and her family is her biggest encouragement and inspiration - Why she believes warm up without music shouldn’t exist at all! - How she takes a step back and looks at the bigger picture to calm herself down during tight situations in game - Her training and daily routine as a Lithuanian beach volleyball player - Her hopes for the future of her career- becoming an Olympian, making this a full-time career and playing at the highest level! - How she is staying true to herself while still growing beach volleyball through her social media platform - Why “stubbornness” is NOT a bad thing to Urte - The advice she would give to her younger self (a must for anxious people and worriers) - What surviving 13 car accidents has taught her about life!! (CRAZY!) And sooo much more! This was a really chill and fun chat with Urte, and I also learned a great deal about Lithuania! *Please note that this is not an actual podcast with fancy equipment, so please forgive the mediocre audio quality and excessive laughing :') NONETHELESS, I hope that you enjoy this casual chat with Urte, and learn a lot from her! Follow Urte on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/urteandriukaityte/
47:07
June 13, 2021
14- VolleyTalk w Kingsley Tay 🇸🇬
"A lot of times, to stay true to your journey, you just gotta make it happen!" Today's guest is Kingsley Tay, beach volleyball star from Singapore!!! In this episode, Kingsley talks about:- - His journey from volleyball into beach volleyball - How Taylor Crabb’s “defence system” just blows his mind - How he looks for traits in people and applies it to his own life: Take the best, throw the rest! - His “arousal theory” approach when going into a game! (This is super cool) - How he has to learn to manage his own expectations of himself and others so as not to create a toxic environment - His current training routine as a beach volleyball player, student and coach! - His dream of winning an Olympic medal one day - How he and his friends started “Revollve Volleyball Academy” to grow the sport in Singapore - How when he was younger, he was afraid of expressing himself and what that has made him realize - Why he recommends everyone to read the book “Sacred Hoops” by legendary coach Phil Jackson - What he would be if he was not a beach volleyball player And sooo much more! This is probably one of the most fun and funny interviews I have ever had, and I hope you enjoy and laugh along with us as you dig in to Kingsley’s wisdom 💪 *Please note that this is not an actual podcast with fancy equipment, so please forgive the mediocre audio quality and excessive laughing :') NONETHELESS, I hope that you enjoy this casual chat with Kingsley, and learn a lot from him! Follow Kingsley on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kingsleytzh/ Check out his volleyball academy: https://www.instagram.com/revollvevba/
01:27:27
June 11, 2021
13- VolleyTalk w/ Taliqua Clancy
"You gotta make your journey your own, and always be true to yourself!" Today's guest is Taliqua Clancy, one of the best beach volleyball players ever from Australia!!! In this episode, Taliqua talks about:- - How she HATED beach volleyball when she first started it - How since young she always knew she wanted to be an Olympian - Her special “sarong taboo” (this one is really funny and cool) - What was going through her mind during the epic finals in Cancun when the ref made the wrong call TWICE - Her training routine now leading up to the Olympics - How she and Mariafe developed such a strong bond, and her tips to strengthen your relationship with your partner - How she is using her platform as the first Aboriginal volleyball player to represent Australia at the Olympics to inspire other Aboriginal communities - What she thinks her strengths are both as a person and an athlete - and sooo much more! You definitely won't want to miss this one out! This was a really fun and interesting chat with Taliqua, and I really hope that it will impact you some way or another too. *Please note that this is not an actual podcast with fancy equipment, so please forgive the mediocre audio quality and excessive laughing :') NONETHELESS, I hope that you enjoy this casual chat with Taliqua, and learn a lot from her! Follow Taliqua on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/taliqua/
41:31
May 29, 2021
12- VolleyTalk w/ Hendrik Mol
"Treat others the way you want to be treated yourself" Today's guest is Hendrik Mol, none other than the Beach Volley Viking from Norway!!! In this episode, Hendrik talks about:- - How he was literally born into beach volleyball - How having his parents as his coach is sometimes a “double-edged sword” - The painful experience of losing his one chance to compete in the Olympics, but what that has taught him - Why the Beach Volley Vikings is one of the best sideout teams in the world - Some of his best memories along his journey - How it was like studying in ToppVolleyNorge (the only volleyball school in Norway!) - What he thinks his strengths are both as an athlete and a person, and how that has made him who he is - His hobbies outside of volleyball (listen to find out how they make their awesome vlogs!) - and sooo much more! You definitely won't want to miss this one out! This was a really fun and interesting chat with Hendrik, and I really hope that it will impact you some way or another too. *Please note that this is not an actual podcast with fancy equipment, so please forgive the mediocre audio quality and excessive laughing :') NONETHELESS, I hope that you enjoy this casual chat with Hendrik, and learn a lot from him! Follow Hendrik on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hendriknmol/ Check out the Beach Volley Vikings: https://www.instagram.com/beachvolleyvikings/
55:58
May 21, 2021
11- VolleyTalk w Dhita Juliana
"Just do good- because whatever good you do comes back to you" Today's guest is Dhita Juliana, a beach volleyball star from Indonesia!! In this episode, Dhita talks about:- - How she started as a beach volleyball player upon graduating high school - How her coach, Agus Salim (who is also a legend) is her inspiration and he is like a father to them - How she and her partner (Putu) as underdogs managed to beat the Japan team in the quarterfinals during the 2018 Asian Games, and went on to win the Bronze - How she has such an admirable relationship with her partner (Putu) and how that has helped her overcome her nerves during competitions - Her training routine - How she injured herself ONE WEEK before the SEA Games and how she overcame that (this is just inspiring) - How her champion mindset and patriotism drives her - Her beach volleyball idol who happens to have the same name as her 😉 - The advice she would give to her younger self - Her big dream of opening a restaurant for FREE to people - Her plans after retiring from beach volleyball (this is SUPER COOL) - and sooo much more! You definitely won't want to miss this one out! This was a really fun and interesting chat with Dhita, and I really hope that it will impact you some way or another too. *This podcast is recorded in Bahasa *Please note that this is not an actual podcast with fancy equipment, so please forgive the mediocre audio quality and excessive laughing :') NONETHELESS, I hope that you enjoy this casual chat with Dhita, and learn a lot from her! Follow Dhita on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dhitajuliana/ Check out team Indonesia’s training: https://www.instagram.com/indonesiabeachvolleyball/
37:54
May 9, 2021
10- VolleyTalk w/ AJ Pareja
"If all the puzzle pieces fit, you go all in" Today's guest is AJ Pareja, a beach volleyball player from the Philippines who is also a practising medical doctor!! In this episode, AJ talks about:- - His transition from being the national indoor Philippines team captain to beach volleyball player - How he kept “failing” to retire from volleyball - His 3 main inspirations on this journey (*hint* includes Mark Burik from Better at Beach and Sam Pedlow from Canada 😉) - How he manages to balance life as an athlete AND a practising medical doctor! - How the Philippines had their national team tryouts for the very first time (king of the court format), and AJ feels good about it! - How AJ calms himself down during tight situations in games - His current training routine while Philippines is in a lockdown - How AJ learned to develop the skill to say “no” (and how this REALLY helped him) - His big dream that he wants to achieve in beach volleyball even though he is officially starting at 33! - The advice he would give to his younger self (this one is really funny and controversial) - Bonus: Doctor AJ is a Haikyuu fanatic! 😉 (he posts his Haikyuu reaction videos on Youtube!) #itsamortalsinifyouareavolleyballplayeranddontwatchhaikyuu - and sooo much more! You definitely won't want to miss this one out! This was a really fun and interesting chat with Doctor AJ, and I really hope that it will impact you some way or another too. *Please note that this is not an actual podcast with fancy equipment, so please forgive the mediocre audio quality and excessive laughing :') NONETHELESS, I hope that you enjoy this casual chat with AJ, and learn a lot from him! Follow AJ on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ajmpareja/ Subscribe to his Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCG_GIPtzYA-zrVcNdoqJezw
36:08
May 1, 2021
09- VolleyTalk w Zachery Schubert
"Give more love and care for each other more" “I think I’m someone who likes to find the unknown- across all aspects in life.” Today's guest is Zachery Schubert, a young Australian beach volleyball star who is making waves not only in beach volleyball, but insect farming too! In this episode, Zachery talks about:- - His life and experiences as a beach volleyball player - How the COVID19 has hit Australian Beach Volleyball team in one of the hardest ways possible, and how they are overcoming it - The really special technique he uses to calm himself down during a tight match (this one is really cool) - How the close relationship between Australian players has pushed them to the next level - His insect business- Schubugs!! - How crickets are one of the best foods for humans and the environment (I was really surprised on this one) - His hopes for the future of his career - The advice he would give to his younger self - How recovery is number 1 for him and sooo much more! You definitely won't want to miss this one out! This was a really fun and interesting chat with Zachery, and I really hope that it will impact you some way or another too. *Please note that this is not an actual podcast with fancy equipment, so please forgive the mediocre audio quality and excessive laughing :') NONETHELESS, I hope that you enjoy this casual chat with Zachery, and learn a lot from him! Follow Zachery on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/zachery.schubert/ Follow Schubugs on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/schubugs/ Subscribe to his Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQp0nb_Tb21UltIyI6O29Lw
34:12
April 23, 2021
08- VolleyTalk w Natali Flaviani
"If you have a dream, you gotta work for it" Today's guest is Natali Flaviani, an Argentinian beach volleyball super mum who is living and training in Poland! In this episode, Natali talks about:- - How she, an Argentinian player ended up in Poland -The biggest difference between playing volleyball in Poland and Argentina - How she balances her life as a mum and an athlete -How she went from the Argentinian indoor national team to the beach team - And how that transition was tough for her in the beginning and how she overcame it - Her lovely and sweet family - How to be innovative and set small goals step by step and sooo much more! You definitely won't want to miss this one out! This was quite an interesting chat for me because Natali is just so awesome, and I really hope that it will impact you some way or another too. *Please note that this is not an actual podcast with fancy equipment, so please forgive the mediocre audio quality and excessive laughing :') Also, please forgive the bad connection at times. NONETHELESS, I hope that you enjoy this casual chat with Natali, and learn a lot from her! Follow Natali on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/flavia_9/
38:59
April 19, 2021
07- How to Motivate Yourself when you feel Unmotivated
I was feeling a little down the last week because I hadn’t managed to find a guest, when it hit me that I should just share about a topic myself. I get asked this question quite a lot especially by younger players- how to motivate yourself to train when you don’t feel like it. So I thought it’d be good to address this issue in this short episode 😊 I really hope that this short episode added value to you! Please do give me your feedback as it can help me improve on making it better for you. Connect with me here: The VolleyTalk Podcast: https://www.instagram.com/thevolleytalkpodcast__/ My personal account: https://www.instagram.com/tashmae__/
09:47
April 13, 2021
06- VolleyTalk w/ Lesley de Jonge
"Find back your connection to sacred Mother Earth, and listen to life’s synchronicities" “Once you have discovered your purpose in life, please give it away for free!” Today's guest is Lesley de Jonge, founder of a non-profit volleyball organization “Let’s Keep the Ball Flying”! In this episode, Lesley talks about:- - how and why he started Let’s Keep the Ball Flying - the meaning behind the iconic LKTBF logo - how being the head coach of the Nepal national team has transformed him - the different projects of LKTBF and how they are changing the world one project at a time - how he felt that every experience has been “arranged” for him - the legacy that he wants to leave behind - advice for people who want to start a non-profit organization - how he connects with Mother Nature and finds the synchronicities in life, and how that has helped him to live the best life ever and sooo much more! You definitely won't want to miss this one out! This was quite an emotional chat for me because I was really touched by Lesley’s passion, and I really hope that it will impact you some way or another too. *Please note that this is not an actual podcast with fancy equipment, so please forgive the mediocre audio quality and excessive laughing :') NONETHELESS, I hope that you enjoy this casual chat with Lesley, and learn a lot from him! Follow LKTBF on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/letskeeptheballflying/ Support LKTBF: https://www.letskeeptheballflying.com/
59:50
April 3, 2021
05- VolleyTalk w/ Anna Rantala
"Discover who you are, believe in yourself and enjoy the ride!" Today's guest is Anna Rantala, an up-and-coming beach volleyball player from Finland! In this episode, Anna talks about:- - her life and experiences as a beach volleyball player in Finland - how she first started the sport - how she calms herself down during tight situations and finding her “reset button” - her battle with her knee injury and how she managed to find the good in it - what truly inspires her along her journey till this day - how cold water swimming is one of her favorite things to do - how she learns to be graceful with herself and more mindful about life - how to learn to discover yourself, and more on the book “The Power of Now” and sooo much more! You definitely won't want to miss this one out! *Please note that this is not an actual podcast with fancy equipment, so please forgive the mediocre audio quality and excessive laughing :') Also, I’m terribly sorry for the poor connections at times☹ NONETHELESS, I hope that you enjoy this casual chat with Anna, and learn a lot from her! Follow Anna on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/annarantala/ Subscribe to her Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3X34NC4a_oJqtJOSTp720A/videos
44:39
March 28, 2021
04- VolleyTalk w/ Anastasija Kravcenoka
"Enjoy your life, and find in everyday something positive!" “I want to call my mum, and say that I’m World Champion!” Today's guest is Anastasija Kravcenoka, beach volleyball player from Latvia, YouTuber and a 2021 Olympian! In this episode, Anastasija talks about:- - her life and experiences as a beach volleyball player - what was going through her mind during the super intense Olympic Qualification Match against Czech Republic (Haiyang, 2019) -how her preparation for the Olympics is like with her partner, Tina - what truly inspires her along her journey till this day - how she learns to find happiness in the small things in life and sooo much more! You definitely won't want to miss this one out! *Please note that this is not an actual podcast with fancy equipment, so please forgive the mediocre audio quality and excessive laughing :') Also, I’m terribly sorry for all the background wind noises ☹ NONETHELESS, I hope that you enjoy this casual chat with Anastasija, and learn a lot from her! Follow Anastasija on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kravcenokaa/ Subscribe to her Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCphukaD3SVVH4Mila5cxl8w
44:17
March 21, 2021
03- VolleyTalk w/ Issa Batrane
"The future is still ours to write, so let’s leave a lasting legacy on tomorrow!" Today's guest is Issa Batrane, beach volleyball player from the UK, and an Athlete for Planet! In this episode, Issa talks about:- - his life and experiences as a beach volleyball player - the trick he uses when he's in a tight situation during competition - his experiences with his idol, legend beach volleyball player Bruno Schmidt! - what does being an “Athlete for Planet” mean - how he continues to inspire the world and younger generation one person at a time :) and sooo much more! You definitely won't want to miss this one out! *Please note that this is not an actual podcast with fancy equipment, so please forgive the mediocre audio quality and excessive laughing :') NONETHELESS, I hope that you enjoy this casual chat with Issa, and learn a lot from him! Follow Issa on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/issabatrane/ Learn more about Hyloathletics: https://www.instagram.com/hyloathletics/
49:06
March 14, 2021
02- VolleyTalk w/ Ronja Klinger
"Trust in the process- no matter how bad it gets." Today's guest is the one and only Ronja Klinger, a young beach volleyball star from Austria! In this episode, Ronja talks about:- - her life and experiences as a beach volleyball player - the trick she uses when she's in a tight situation during competition -how she overcame her challenges with her shoulder injury AND finding out she had covid-19 -how is it like being partners with her sister -her visualization techniques and sooo much more! You definitely won't want to miss this one out! *Please note that this is not an actual podcast with fancy equipment, so please forgive the mediocre audio quality and excessive laughing :') NONETHELESS, I hope that you enjoy this casual chat with Ronja, and learn a lot from her! Follow Ronja on Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/ronja_klinger/ https://www.instagram.com/theklingers/
01:01:27
March 6, 2021
01- VolleyTalk w/ Melissa Fuchs Powell
"You can't suck forever- and dream BIG, start small but most of all START!" Today's guest is Melissa Fuchs Powell, beach volleyball player from USA, TikTok star and an entrepreneur with her own clothing brand, MelPraia. In this episode, Melissa talks about:- - her life and experiences as a beach volleyball player - the trick she uses when she's in a tight situation during competition -why she started TikTok -how did she come up with MelPraia -why is "You can't suck forever" her life motto and sooo much more! You definitely won't want to miss this one out! *Please note that this is not an actual podcast with fancy equipment, so please forgive the mediocre audio quality and excessive laughing :') NONETHELESS, I hope that you enjoy this casual chat with Melissa, and learn a lot from her! Follow Melissa on Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/melissalessa/ https://www.instagram.com/melpraiashop/ https://www.instagram.com/youcantsuckforever/
48:03
March 3, 2021