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Welcome to the Catflap Chats podcast. My name is Mikey, but lots call me Catflap, Flap, or Flapper, and I'm fortunate enough to call some pretty interesting people my mates - Professional sports, Rugby, Boxing, MMA, Football, Actors, Singers, and Business, in Wales and beyond. I'm going to have a beer with a different mate each week, and delve in to their professional and personal lives. Expect some distinctly average chat, funny stories, and insights in behind the scenes. Basically, I am ab ...
 
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Great to talk to Don a second time, this time with a sprinkling of Rugby, his back ground, and what it takes to be in the mind of a professional athlete. I'm not sure he would have made it as a boxer mind ;) The guy is infectious, and I can't wait to see where his post rugby career goes, after winning it all in England with Exeter. Thanks always Su…
 
An hour flew by without even realising! Part 2 coming soon. 9 years a Chief, a few caps, winning the LV, the Premiership, and the European Champions Cup, after a few tussles with a certain team, but we hardly spoke about Rugby in this hour. Social Media, Mental Health, transitioning to business, and being a good bloke in general were all covered in…
 
Bit of a different one. Whilst we normally associate Anorexia and Bulimia with eating disorders in Women, 1 in 3 men have an eating disorder of some type. Owen has lived with this condition for over 6 years now, and got down to only 6 stones, at 5"4 tall. Whilst he's doing better now, it lead to depression and more. Thanks always Tiny Rebel Brewery…
 
I absolutely bloody love Jar. A top lad with the world at his feet Rugby wise. All the talent in the world, but happens to have been playing at a time when there's so much competition for the 10 jersey in Wales. Only 25, he has his best years ahead of him, after achieving so much already for Club and Country. You could tell he was frustrated with r…
 
I got a chance to have a whirlwind 30 mins with Lisa, fresh off her being all over the press as the lady who's about to design Katie Price's new supercar! We spoke about being a women in predominantly male orientated industries, owning and driving Supercars, competing in Formula Racing for Women, and social media trolls. Her passion is infectious a…
 
This is a difficult listen at times, and there's graphic talk of Suicide. Perry is a Dr, training to be a GP, and talks of his story living with depression, which spiralled, and working in the NHS too. He's written a new book 'The Cost of Caring' which can be bought on Amazon, at Waterstones etc too. Please reach out. You're never alone. Thanks alw…
 
20 years a Ref! Great chatting with someone on the other side of the whistle, and to get their views on rugby today, law interpretations, but in an engaging way. RWC07, Tri Nations, 6 Nations, the 7s Series, Celtic League and Heineken Cup - There isn't much Hugh hasn't seen on the pitch! That includes team consulting and working with Governing Bodi…
 
I knew my Aunty had been through some stuff. I never understood the duration/complexities or severity of her conditions, nor how common they were amongst women. This was tough for me. I heard things I hadn't heard before, and it hits closer to home when it's family. It was also tough as I felt guilt for not knowing, and probably not making enough o…
 
What hasn't this guy seen or done? Played with and against the best players the world had to offer. Won it all as a team and individually. One of the best Rugby League players England have produced, who did it his way. I loved this one, and could still see a little spark in the belly when he was talking about facing those old teams. Would have love…
 
Angus is an incredible young man. We met by chance at a wedding a few weeks ago, and it amazed me, not only how good he was, but his journey. We spoke then, and in more detail on the pod, about growing up with various conditions, in a different country, and how finding magic saved his life, quite literally. Expect a few highs and lows on this episo…
 
Having known Lloyd for years, it's easy to not appreciate the longevity and what Lloyd has achieved in the Super League. Couple that with him being Welsh, he has probably gone under the radar. Over 200 professional games, and lining up against England, New Zealand, and Australia. He's been there and done it all, with his sights set on more seasons …
 
Maybe one of the hardest players in the game - the guy absolutely loved melting people in half! It was class to catch up with Jacques, and chat about a stellar career, some of the things holding Namibian rugby back despite him playing at 3 RWC's, and some of the teams and players he loved playing with and against. Great player, better bloke. Thanks…
 
Absolutely loved this, and what a great bloke Eorl is. Both Union and League as a kid, Eorl grew to be a one club legend with Huddersfield Giants in the Super League, getting his England caps on the way, and now working as part of the Giants commercial team. Great attitude and outlook on life, I already can't wait for the next podcast with him! Fun…
 
I won't lie, this was tough to record, and edit back. Dayfdd was a superstar of the Game. Lions 01 (3 Test Starts), one of the top scorers ever in the H-Cup. But since leaving Rugby, he has struggled, and is still struggling. I am so grateful for his honesty, and I hope he finds the enjoyment he's looking for. If you ever feel the same, please reac…
 
This episode is different to a few others I've done. The Healthy Hangout, based in Trade Street, Cardiff, have come on board as a partner, to help me finally shift some weight! They will be providing my meals for the next few months, and keep me on track! I open up about my relationship with food, current weight, goals and how The Healthy Hangout a…
 
You know when it's a good one, when you could have sat for hours, even after 90 mins of chatting. Phil was a 46 cap Wales 2nd and back row, who's also spent 20+ years coaching at the top too. Teams in England, Wales, France, and Namibia across two RWC's, there isn't much he hasn't seen or done. Love his enthusiasm still, and how he tries to build g…
 
Lloyd Ashley (@livingwellwithlloydashley) • Instagram photos and videos Great catch up with Lloyd. Over 150 professional games for the Ospreys and Scarlets, and his fair share of injuries, low points and career highlights, but it's his work in Mental Health we spoke most about I have attached Lloyds 'Living Well with Lloyd Ashley' Instagram, so you…
 
Fascinating to see Rugby through the eyes of a successful coach. Gareth is currently plying his trade up in Scotland, but previous has coached Fiji 15's, taken Fiji 7s to a World Series win and the Olympics in 2021, and coached Cardiff Rugby, Hong Kong 7s, and more. Open and honest about the cultures he tries to create, and what he looks for in a t…
 
What a treat this was. Simon really lifted the lid on what it was REALLY like to be a professional footballer, brutally honest about having to retire with injuries in his prime, and THAT trip to the Euro's in 2016. I'd say injuries robbed him of his best years and moments, but looking at him smiling all the way through this podcast means I'd 100% b…
 
Enzo is a funny bloke with plenty of stories to tell. A multiple weight, champion boxer, who has had his fair share of up's and downs over the years. Was great to learn about his journey in to boxing, what he's up to now, the World Title and others, and some funny stories along the way. Love his no nonsense attitude and view on the world! CATFLAP20…
 
Great to catch up with Ben, who I watched growing up on the 7s circuit, becoming the all time top points scorer on the World 7s series - Something I don't think will be beaten for a while. I love his outlook on life - Wanted to travel the world, took his boots everywhere, and played both 15's and 7's at the top level. He played with and against the…
 
V funny episode. I love how Ryan is so open about his experiences as a pro at club and international level, and says it all with a smile on his face. He's now coaching at Plymouth Albion, after a career at Gloucester, London Irish, Northampton Saints, Leicester Tigers, Worcester Warriors, La Rochelle, the Scarlets and England through the age grades…
 
Mike's book, 'Half Truths' is out now on Amazon, and I highly recommend it! Some of the stories are unreal! We spoke about his career at both club and international level, and his frustrations around the game he grew up in. Not only a brilliant career with Wales and Lions, but also backed that up at club level too, in Wales, France and England. www…
 
Good to catch up with Gary, a year on from our last Pod together. We chat about all things in his stable, his boxers, his journey through boxing, some Welsh legends, and the state of the game at the Heavyweight division. He also delves in to the differences in coaching boxing to boxers, and MMS fighters. Thanks always to Dragon Signs, Motazone Cwmb…
 
Fortunate to steal an hour with one of the most talented Welsh players to have played the game. A man who's skill and ability to play where needed was immense, but maybe hindered an 81 cap test career Loved the honesty, his outlook not only on playing, but life, the clubs he represented, the silverware won, and his decision to retire on his terms. …
 
If you have listened to the High Performance Podcast, you'll know who Damian Hughes is. Fascinating insight in to a world of High Performance, and cultures in Sport. There's so many lessons in this episode, and I love that he grew up in a boxing environment, surrounded by elite level operators. Author, Host, Key Note Speaker, Professor, Coach Could…
 
What a gent Dan is. When you think of the world of Bare Knuckle Boxing, you might think the film Snatch, or some underground shady types. Dan couldn't be more different. A horrific upbringing brought a desire to do better, be better, and help others. It just so happens he's hard as nails, as slick in the ring as they come, and is making the most of…
 
Loved this with Scott Young - Cardiff debut as a teenager, and having to retire at 28. THAT goal against Leeds. An attempted come back at Newport County. Managing throughout the divisions in Wales, and that brief stint at Cardiff City with Gabbidon, before becoming the Assistant Manager. There's not much Scott hasn't seen or done in Welsh football,…
 
What a chat. I have never had a conversation like this. Drug Smuggling, both Hash and Cocaine. Over 14.5 years in Prison. Venezuela. Columbia. Portugal. The UK. The Cali Cartel (In Columbia). Getting caught. Being a transporter. It is honestly mind blowing, and that is only the stuff he's allowed to talk about. Thanks always Tiny Rebel Brewery, Nat…
 
Loved the honesty from Zack. He may be a professional athlete now (and look like he was carved out of Handsome Granite), but has spent years growing up having a bad relationship with food, which is actually really relatable. He's risen to the top of the Crossfit community through grit, resilience and a determination based on his WHY, and after a di…
 
One of my favourite episodes. The ones where you're an hour in without realising, and could chat for way longer. Luke is superb, giving honest insight in to Team Sky, Ineos Grenadiers, life in the TDF and other Grand Tours. The brutal realities of professional cycling and more - All a few days before the UCI Worlds in Flanders, for Team GB. www.row…
 
This episode had every emotion going. Dad the Dish has spent the last year showing everyone how to cook amazing meals at home, with step by step guides on Instagram and Tiktok. It has gone that well, he's grown to 124k followers on Insta, 74k on Tiktok, and has helped loads of people in the community by giving back. That's incredible, for a guy who…
 
Good to catch up with Rob, reflecting on a quality career. 2 Lions Series, 3 RWC's, and played with and against the best players in the world. One of only 5 Welsh scrum halves to reach the 50 cap mark, and even got a Lions Test start, before his first Lions tour...A Club career spanning 3 countries, with some great highs and lows too. A thanks alwa…
 
Only Fans is something I get asked about a lot, so it was great to have Alaw on to discuss all things OF, especially as it has been in the news the past few weeks. She talks about some of the myths around it, what life is like as a content creator, dating whilst on OF, and the -ve's that come with the +ve's too. People and the internet are weird, t…
 
Loved this one. Having met Nicky recently, he's a good bloke, and I can see why he was so popular with his former teams. An amazing club career, which never quite rewarded him with what I feel he deserved at international level, but no regrets all the same. Great attitude, took himself out of his comfort zone, and reaped the rewards away from the W…
 
I loved this chat, and so grateful to Natalie for coming on, so close after Tokyo 2020. Raw and emotional at times, coming to terms with a personally frustrating games, knowing she didn't achieve what she set out for. Some of the lessons she talks about in terms of being a girl and body weight etc are so important for athletes growing up. Personall…
 
I loved this episode. To overcome a bike accident that puts you in a wheelchair, and then head to Tokyo as an Olympian, is incredible. Honest and raw about the lows of life, and the highs of competing. I can't wait to see how Thomas and Team GB gets on! www.catflapchats.com Thanks always Dragon Signs, Heatforce, Nathaniel Cars, LT Scaffold and Tiny…
 
I noticed #HerGameToo trending on Twitter, and saw their video too. It made me think (coupled with what happened at the Euros final), what is it like for Women fans in Football Thought provoking, both inspiring and shocking in equal measures, I love the work Caz and the girls are doing, and the growing support from professionals in the game. I have…
 
What a whirlwind of an episode. I was lucky to get a quick hour with Ebanie, and she just brings raw, unfiltered chat with a lot of energy! World Title fights. Breaking your ankle on debut, and winning. Selling dirty socks. Trusting no-one. Creating your own luck. UK fight fans. Resilience. Not judging a book by it's cover. I loved it, and can't wa…
 
Loved this. A promising career at the Ospreys with approx 80 caps, & talks of a Welsh call up, all stopped by repeated concussions, affecting Ben's everyday life. Fast forward a few years & he is carving out a new career in Rugby, with @therugbytrainer on Instagram - Funny, insightful & engaging content for any rugby player who wants to get better!…
 
What a chat. Nicky is honest, and so relaxed about life, it's refreshing to see. What a career, playing for some of the biggest clubs in England, and also Wales, France and NZ. 4 Rugby World Cups, a heap of stories, playing with the likes of Serevi and CauCau, but it's the simple things in life he loves. Friends, family, and being a good bloke. www…
 
Unreal chat with Mason. It's been a mixed start to his UFC career, but I loved how brutally honest he is about it all, and I have no doubt he will be a UFC world champion in time, after being a 2 weight Cage Warriors Champion. It is amazing a man who pays the bills with controlled violence, can talk to articulately and with such clarity. Check out …
 
Good to catch up with George after a successful first season out in Japan. Fascinating to hear his journey and thought process on leaving Saracens for Japan, and his desire to travel the world to gather experiences. He's sacrificed a lot to do that - comfort zones, relationships, England and maybe even Lions caps, but its great to see he's content …
 
What a fantastic bloke Greg is, and some personal journey he's been on. We actually hardly spoke about Rugby, so will be getting him back in for part 2. We spoke about some really thought provoking topics - Mental Health, The Peoples Captain beers and how that started, what it actually stands for, society, social media, counselling, depression, all…
 
Good to catch up solo with one half of FourFive CBD, one of my best mates, Dom Day. What a Career - Wales, Saracens, Melbourne Rebels, Toyota Verblitz, Bath and the Scarlets. RWC15, 6 Nations, European Cups and Premiership wins. Loved getting in to what makes Dom tick, and feel more players should experience what the world has to offer Rugby player…
 
What a great bloke. Having been through a mental journey over the last however many years, from growing up in Devon, to the Rio2016 Olympics, and then getting wrongfully banned from the sport, Sonny is living proof you can do anything, and make your life better, if you're passionate enough about it. Fashion designing, Podcasts, his academy and vari…
 
Most 22 year olds I knew growing up, wanted to live for the weekends, chase the opposite sex, and enjoy life... Rylee is very much focused on one thing - Being the best Goalkeeper in the world one day. The confidence is amazing. I loved getting an insight in to playing football in Canada, her roots to Liverpool FC, playing College Soccer in the USA…
 
This was both inspiring and informative. Alix is a fantastic bloke, and his positivity since revealing his condition, and the condition of others, has been unreal. It was a real pleasure to get to understand him, his story, but the changes he wants to see to make the game of Rugby (and other contact sports), safer for all, whilst making it more enj…
 
Scott is a top bloke, and loving his rugby atm. Absolutely love the brutal honesty about a heap of topics - Rugby, Wales, Harlequins, Addictions, judging people wrongly, and more! Hopefully there's a few messages here people can relate to, and i love how he's evolved and grown as a person, to enjoy his rugby and life the way he wants. Thanks always…
 
What a top bloke Leon is - Cutting his teeth in the pro game, and aiming to get on the European Tour this year, we spoke about life in Pro Golf away from the elite, and what it takes both physically and mentally, to keep earning each week. Despite the slog, he loves it, and is probably a bit different to your average Golfers. Thanks to FourFiveCBD …
 
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