#50) Leah Wilkinson

#50) Leah Wilkinson

Photo credit: Hockey Wales Alun Wyn Jones, Jess Fishlock, Ryan Giggs, Helen Weston, Sam Warburton, Sarah Thomas - just some of the incredible athletes to have come out of Wales. Each has a multitude of accolades - both individual and team - to their name and each is revered by many in the very highest [...]

#47) #BeReady

#47) #BeReady

Football fans were graced with three moments of genius in just 24 hours this week. The first was that corner from Trent Alexander-Arnold on Tuesday, while the third was Dele Alli’s superb flick to set up Lucas Moura’s sensational winner the following evening. Yet while both were huge game changers on the field, the example [...]

#44) Remi Allen

#44) Remi Allen

Remi Allen is a fighter. Possessing a never-say-die attitude combined with plenty of natural ability, the Reading midfielder is someone you’d always want playing for your team rather than against. No better was this proved than in the recent FA quarter-final win over Manchester United, where she scored one and assisted another during extra time [...]

#41) Stacey Copeland

#41) Stacey Copeland

This week SportSpiel founder and co-host Alasdair Hooper writes about an athlete he describes as a pioneer, innovator and inspiration to all women. Pave the way. Three words that sound so simple but can mean so much. Those words can challenge prejudice, change society, alter stereotypes and make lives. If you are looking for a [...]

#30) Karen Brown MBE

#30) Karen Brown MBE

As the saying goes, just because someone is an exceptional player it doesn’t mean they will be a good manager or coach. There have been very few who have managed to transgress this stereotype - Pep Guardiola and Kenny Dalglish are two of a handful from football, while Andy Flower also did a pretty good [...]

#26) Ada Hegerberg

#26) Ada Hegerberg

Ada Hegerberg is a truly remarkable woman who will go down in history for all the right reasons. On Monday the Norwegian was the recipient of the first women’s Ballon d’Or, beating a plethora of immensely talented players - including six-time FIFA World Player of the Year/Best Women’s Player Marta and England stars Lucy Bronze [...]