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Viddal Riley (Part 1) on his amateur boxing career, the Youth Olympic Games and turning professional with Mayweather Promotions

Season 1, Ep. 2

The SportsAid Vault Podcast is kicking off in style with Viddal Riley, a professional cruiserweight boxer signed to Mayweather Promotions, joining us for a bumper double episode. Viddal was a SportsAid beneficiary and represented Team GB at the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games. He was a decorated amateur boxer with an impressive eight national titles and European silver to his name. Viddal has a huge social media presence with over 1.1 million subscribers on YouTube and more than 600,000 followers on Instagram. The 23-year-old, alongside his own boxing exploits, famously trained YouTube star KSI as he overcame Logan Paul in a rematch which generated huge pay-per-view numbers worldwide. Viddal, under the name RIL, also writes and produces his own rap music. 


Viddal talks to us openly about....


  • Early inspirations and the influence of his parents growing up
  • Progressing through the amateur ranks and his experiences at West Ham ABC
  • Representing Team GB at the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games
  • Realising his talent and his dad pushing him to be the best he can be
  • Turning professional with Mayweather Promotions after Las Vegas trip with KSI
  • Dealing with injury setbacks and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020

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5/19/2021

Louise Fiddes on her para swimming achievements to date, embracing the Paralympic movement and how her prowess in the water helped her overcome struggles at school

Season 1, Ep. 5
Great Britain para swimmer Louise Fiddes is the latest guest to join us on the SportsAid Vault Podcast as she shares stories and insights from her career so far! Louise, who was supported by SportsAid in 2016 and 2017, competes in the S14 classification. She first made her mark on the senior stage by winning the overall women’s title at the World Para Swimming World Series in 2018 - having claimed a trio of bronze medals in the Sheffield leg to ensure selection for the team for the World Para Swimming European Championships in Dublin. Her European debut, at just 17-years-old, saw her bring home four medals, including the SB14 100m breaststroke title and three bronzes, in the S14 200m freestyle, S14 100m butterfly and SM14 200m individual medley events. Just over a year later, Louise became a world champion at the World Para Swimming Championships in London in 2019 as she took the SB14 100m breaststroke title. The Welwyn Garden City-based swimmer also returned bronze in the S14 200m individual medley and finished fourth in the S14 200m freestyle. Louise had actually earned a call-up to the World Para Swimming Championships in Mexico City back in 2017, where she was set to make her international competition bow, but an earthquake in the host country led to a postponement being made. Each episode of the SportsAid Vault contains a themed discussion based around the guest’s own unique experiences. We talk to Louise, who has an intellectual impairment, about the importance of ‘perseverance’ as she reflects on the challenges she faced at school and how swimming boosted her confidence. She also discusses the process behind receiving her S14 classification and how she felt. We find out more about Louise’s initial introduction to swimming, her daily routine, how her intellectual impairment affects her and how she deals with fatigue. Louise, now 20, also looks ahead to the Paralympic Games in Tokyo this summer as she talks about her personal goals and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on preparations - including moving up to Manchester for four months during lockdown.
3/24/2021

Lotte Wubben-Moy on her career so far with Arsenal and England, playing and studying in the States, and the key attributes of a strong leader

Season 1, Ep. 4
Arsenal and England defender Lotte Wubben-Moy is the latest guest to join us on the SportsAid Vault Podcast as she shares stories and insights from her career so far! Lotte recently made her Lionesses debut after impressing for the Gunners in the Women’s Super League. She joined the club’s Centre of Excellence in 2013 and stepped up to the first-team two years later - coming on as a substitute in a 2-1 win over Notts County. She made 13 appearances before moving to the University of North Carolina in 2017 to play for the North Carolina Tar Heels. During her time in the States, Lotte won the ACC regular season twice, the ACC Women’s Soccer Tournament twice and was part of a team that were two-time runners up in the NCAA Division College Cup. She studied for a major in Sports and Exercise Science with a minor in Art History. She returned to Arsenal, the club she has supported since she was a child, in September 2020. Each episode of the SportsAid Vault contains a themed discussion based around the guest’s own unique experiences. We talk to Lotte about the importance of leadership as she reflects on captaining England Under-17s at the World Cup and European Championships, and highlights the need for increased diversity and greater visibility of women in senior positions within football’s administration. We also find out more about Lotte’s upbringing and her life outside of football. She grew up in Bow, East London and went to school in Stoke Newington where she played goal defence in netball and was a long jumper and 800-metre runner. She speaks fluent Dutch as her father is from the Netherlands, and runs her own blog, called the ‘Lotte Little Things’, which she regularly updates.