Amy’s aim­ing high with Slap Chat show

The Hockey Paper - - NEWS - By Will Moul­ton

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.slapchat­pod­ – 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.”

De­lighted with the re­sponse: Amy Gib­son

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