Is sport’s future really female?


Above: Trinidadian Olympic shot putter Cleopatra Borel

Four-time Olympian Cleopatra Borel is the star on this edition of Talk ‘Bout Us. She joins Franka to speak about women in sport – the athletes and the journalists.

“Cleo” speaks frankly about her challenges as she attempts to compete in her fifth Olympic Games in Japan in 2020, the shortcomings of athletics in Trinidad & Tobago and what she envisions as her future after she retires from competition.

Also featuring in this podcast are Naasira Mohammed, the first woman to be appointed media and communications manager for the West Indies men and women’s cricket teams; Rachael Thompson-King, senior sports journalist at the T&T Guardian Newspaper and Barbadian journalist Alex Jordan, formerly of Caribbean sport cable channel Sportsmax.

We recorded this podcast toward the end of 2018 and felt it would be ideal to release now, after the hectic T&T Carnival season and in the month in which the world commemorated International Women’s Day.

You can follow Cleopatra’s journey to the 2020 Olympics on Instagram @cleopatraborel.


Produced by Franka Philip and Ardene Sirjoo for Trini Good Media.

Theme music and technical assistance by Lyndon Livingstone – Razorshop Productions.

Additional technical input from Nigel Brizan and Music For Life studios.

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2 comments on “Is sport’s future really female?

  1. Hi love the podcast. And yes I agree we rarely see women in sports. I cant remember in my lifetime ever seeing a female sports achor. It was quite refreshing to see a woman join the cast who were commenting on the 2018 world cup. Many times she seemed to possess much more knowledge about the sport than the men who were there. So I think this stigma about women not being knowledgeable about sports need to stop. There are also men who are not very knowledgeable but may not reveal this because of pride or because of the patriarchal views in society which causes the negative stereotype about female knowledge in sport.