9 Ben Askren – ONE Welterweight Champion (MMA)

Our first guest of 2016 on the ‘Best in the World with Richard Parr’ is Ben Askren. The American is an MMA star who is currently the ONE Welterweight Champion.

Before going into Mixed Martial Arts, Askren won the NCAA Division I Wrestling championship twice and competed in freestyle wrestling at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Ben talks to Richard about his goals for 2016, the importance of social media and what it’s like training WWE turned UFC star CM Punk.

Ben also discusses his success at yet another sport: Disc Golf.

Askren is controversial, confident and outspoken so this is one episode you won’t want to miss!

You can contact Ben on twitter @Benaskren and follow his ONE Championship journey at onefc.com


8 Ian Williams – Sailing World Match Racing Tour Champion

Our final guest of 2015 on the ‘Best in the World with Richard Parr’ is five-time World Sailing champion Ian Williams. He’s the only skipper in World Match Racing Tour history to achieve the feat.

The Briton has been shortlisted twice for the ISAF World Sailor of the Year award.

Before taking up sailing full-time Ian was a lawyer working in London.

In his chat with Richard, Ian explains which skills from his previous profession have helped him in his sport. That includes managing his team and gaining sponsors.

Ian also gives some tips to young sailors and for adjusting to jetlag.

To keep up to date with all of Ian’s activities you can follow him on twitter @Williams_Racing and on his website www.williamssailracing.com.

You can also keep across the World Match Racing Tour at wmrt.com and on twitter @worldmrt.

7 Nick Gillingham – Swimming World Champion

This week’s elite athlete on the ‘Best in the World with Richard Parr’ is swimmer Nick Gillingham.

With over 17 championship medals Nick has been a World Record holder, World Champion and double Olympic medalist.

He tells Richard if there is anything better than winning and how to learn from defeat.

What he’s learnt from other athletes such as David Beckham and Michael Phelps

The British swimmer talks about the importance of visualisation, performance analysis and goal setting.

He also recounts when he was awarded his MBE from Queen Elizabeth II.

You can contact Nick on twitter @NGSwimAcademy and @MBENick. Plus check out swimoptimum.com and you can email [email protected]

6 Bodo Illgner – Football Goalkeeper World Cup Winner

This week’s superstar athlete on the ‘Best in the World with Richard Parr’ is World Cup winning goalkeeper Bodo Illgner.

He played in goal for Germany in their success at Italia 90. He was the first goalkeeper to keep a clean sheet in a World Cup final.

He also was between the sticks when Real Madrid won the 1998 UEFA Champions League.

Now a pundit with the television network Bein Sports in the United States, Bodo gives his views on all football topics past and present.

He talks about the importance of camaraderie and teamwork to be successful, how he used to meditate and why Germany continue to produce World class goalkeepers.

The former Cologne stopper also discusses whether as a teenager you can study for your exams and train to be a professional sports star at the same time.

You can contact Bodo on twitter @Bodo_Illgner.

5 David Campese – Rugby World Cup Winner

David Campese is a Rugby World Cup winner. He was voted player of the tournament when he won the event in 1991 with Australia.

David was capped 101 times by the Wallabies and he scored a then World Record of 64 tries.

On this week’s ‘Best in the World with Richard Parr’, David talks about the time he spent with the late All-Blacks legend Jonah Lomu, the importance of making mistakes but learning from them and his pre-match routine.

The Australian also tells Richard the importance of executing the basic skills of rugby correctly. And you can find more details on that with his apps on his website: davidcampese.com.

He also talks about how he uses and gets in to trouble with social media and his twitter is: @davidcampese11.

4 Andy Tennant – Cycling Team Pursuit World Champion

Team GB cyclist Andy Tennant is this week’s guest on the ‘Best in the World with Richard Parr’.

He won gold at the 2012 World Championships in the Team Pursuit and is currently training for next year’s Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

To prepare Andy is riding with the Wiggins cycling team alongside former Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins.

The 28-year-old talks from his training camp in Tenerife about what it’s like to ride with Wiggins, the difficulties of travelling, Velodrome techniques and his love of coffee.

He also discusses healthy eating and speaks highly of the Team Wiggins nutritionist David Dunne (@Dunne_Nutrition on twitter).

You can contact Andy on Twitter @tennanto.

3 Alphanso Cunningham – Discus and Javelin Paralympic Champion

This week’s guest on the ‘Best in the World with Richard Parr’ is Jamaican Paralympian Alphanso Cunningham.

Alphanso won a gold medal in Discus at the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens. Eight years later, he claimed gold in Javelin at the London games.

In 2013 Alphanso became the Javelin World Champion and the F53 class World Record holder in Lyon.

As well as being an elite athlete, he also has a day job as an Orthopaedic Technician in Kingston.

Alphanso talks about the difficulties of training and gaining funding in Jamaica, the time he has spent with Usain Bolt and how he relaxes.

You can contact Alphanso Cunningham on Facebook. His twitter is @acflames23 and you can view his pictures on Instagram: thepeoples_champs.

2 Ellen Hoog – Hockey Olympic Champion

This week’s guest on the ‘Best in the World with Richard Parr’ is two-time World Hockey Champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist Ellen Hoog.

The Netherlands player is an expert on nutrition and has recently written a book: “In Perfecte Conditie”. It has 36 workouts and 45 recipes.

In her spare time, Ellen does some modelling including a swimsuit shoot in 2013 for `Sports Illustrated’.

Ellen has a really fun chat with Richard talking everything from pre-match preparation and rituals, whether you should have a cheat day and plays the new feature ‘Five Favourite Things’.

She can be contacted at her website: ellenhoog.com and her Twitter is: @ellenhoog.

1 Chester Williams – Rugby World Champion

Our first guest on the ‘Best in the World with Richard Parr’ is 1995 Rugby World Cup winner Chester Williams. Chester was the only black player in the South Africa team that won the tournament on home soil in front of Nelson Mandela and united a nation.

That event was made into the movie ‘Invictus’ starring Matt Damon and Morgan Freeman. Chester talks about working for three months on the movie during filming and what he thought of the actor playing him.

He speaks about that historic victory in 1995, his friendship with Mandela, growing up in apartheid South Africa, how he got into the sport, his coaching career, time management, nutrition, and much more.

He also says he is ready to become the next Springboks coach.