Amy’s aiming high with Slap Chat show
AMY Gibson’s domination of the airwaves is taking shape – and the part-time goalkeeper, part-time podcast presenter has no intention of slowing down.
When The Hockey Paper last caught up with Gibson in February, the Reading keeper’s weekly podcast ‘Slap Chat’ was still in its early stages.
But after ten episodes, it is more than living up to the billing given on its website www.slapchatpodcast.com – of being “packed full of banter, hockey and brilliant interviews”.
A fascinating chat with Helen Richardson-Walsh about mental health and the mentality needed to be an elite sportswoman is Slap Chat’s most-heard episode to date and Gibson is enjoying every second of the project.
“It’s definitely getting bigger all the time,” said the 27-year-old, who is often joined in presenting duties by fellow Scot and Wimbledon star Mairi Drummond.
“The eighth episode was the one with Helen and that was the biggest, with over a thousand listeners, so it’s taken a wee while to reach a bigger audience.
“But I never thought ‘after four weeks I want 1,000 listeners and Xamount of followers on my Twitter feed’. I just thought it would be good fun to get some stuff out there and it has been.
“With the people I’ve interviewed, I’ve known them personally so it’s been easy to get them on.
“I did one with Alex Danson and she’s quite media-trained, so it was really good to do a more relaxed chat and get things out of her that other people might not be able to.”
And Gibson, who was inspired to start ‘Slap Chat’ by the hugely-popular ‘My Dad Wrote A Porno’ podcast and a lack of other hockey podcasts, is already planning for the future.
“I’ll go up to the play-offs, cover the women’s club Europeans and then I’ll take it back to every two weeks,” added Gibson.
“This summer there’s also the World League in Belgium, an England men’s event and the Europeans at the end of August, so hopefully we can do that until the new domestic season.”
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