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About The Rookie Contract :

Member Since: 11-03-2021

In sports, when rookies sign their “Rookie Contract,” it’s typically for four years and this podcast will dive into those people who work on the other side in the #sportsbiz and how they do it. On that note, we’re two women, Ash & Kate, who are both eager to tell your story in sports!


Podcast Episodes

Release Date: 2023-03-07 00:16

S3: Ep. 4: Adapt to the Experience (Feat. Adam Sharrah)

This week's episode features Adam Sharrah.

Adam is currently the Assistant Athletic Director of Ticket Operations at University of North Texas. His previous stops include Colorado State University and Northern Arizona University. 

Listen as Adam shares and dives into his journey working in ticket operations:  From his first role as a student intern at Colorado State, taking on a leadership role, the challenges of learning + adapting to varied environments, the power of networking, AND MORE.

Listen and be inspired.

Adam's social links: Connect with him down below

Twitter: @adamsharrah25

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/adamsharrah/

If you would like to be on the podcast and are in the #sportsbiz, fill this out:  https://bit.ly/TRC_GuestForm  

Rookie Contract social links: https://linktr.ee/TheRookieContract    

Kate's social links: Twitter: https://twitter.com/katenorum 

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/katenorum/  

Music: Synapse by Shane Ivers https://www.silvermansound.com

Thank you for watching!

- Kate


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Release Date: 2023-02-20 20:30

S3: Ep. 2: Hooty Hoo Forever (Feat. Matteen Rad)

This week's episode features Matteen Rad.  Matteen is currently a PxP free agent, with current opportunities that include calling games for Emory and Kennesaw State University. Matteen, a Kennesaw State alum, dives into his PxP roles, his unconventional journey to the mic, his previous opportunity with Atlanta United as their seasonal Communication Assistant, getting reps at a smaller D-1 school, PLUS MUCH MORE!

Listen and be inspired.

Matteen's social links: Connect with him down below

Twitter: @MatteenRad

LinkedIn

If you would like to be on the podcast and are in the #sportsbiz, fill this out:  https://bit.ly/TRC_GuestForm  

Rookie Contract social links: https://linktr.ee/TheRookieContract    

Kate's social links: Twitter: https://twitter.com/katenorum 

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/katenorum/  

Music: Synapse by Shane Ivers https://www.silvermansound.com

Thank you for watching!

- Kate

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Release Date: 2023-02-13 20:30

S3: Ep. 1: Inspire the Meta (Feat. Connor Moore)

This week's episode features Connor Moore. Connor is currently a social media coordinator for the Chicago Sky with previous stops including the Chicago Red Stars and the National Basketball Retired Players Association. 

Connor, an Illinois native and University of Wisconsin-Whitewater alum,  dives more into his path to working in social for a WNBA team, the tricks of the social game, being confident in your voice + MUCH MORE.

Listen and be inspired. 

Connor's social links: Connect with him down below

Twitter: @ConnorMoore_7

LinkedIn 

If you would like to be on the podcast and are in the #sportsbiz, fill this out:  https://bit.ly/TRC_GuestForm  

Rookie Contract social links: https://linktr.ee/TheRookieContract    

Kate's social links: Twitter: https://twitter.com/katenorum 

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/katenorum/  

Music: Synapse by Shane Ivers https://www.silvermansound.com

Thank you for watching!

- Kate

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Release Date: 2022-08-09 00:44

S2: Ep. 24: Keep Pushing (Feat. Jonathan Fisher)

This week's episode features Jonathan Fisher, a recent Georgia State University grad, who currently is an account trainee for golf events at Octagon.

Jonathan dives more into his journey in sports. Listen as he talks about what got him interested in sports starting out in high school, deciding on Georgia State University and making the most of it, networking, putting yourself out there + MUCH MORE!

Jonathan's social links:

IG: @jonathanfisherr

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jonathan-fisher-027b2b176

If you would like to be on the podcast and are in the #sportsbiz, fill this out:  https://bit.ly/TRC_GuestForm  

Rookie Contract social links: https://linktr.ee/TheRookieContract    

Kate's social links: 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/katenorum 

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/katenorum/  

Music: Synapse by Shane Ivers https://www.silvermansound.com

Thank you for watching!

- Kate

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Release Date: 2022-07-12 01:00

S2: Ep. 21: Stay Hungry (Feat. Kelly Johnson)

This week's episode features Kelly Johnson, a woman of many hats, who currently is based in Portland, Ore. Kelly is the merchandise manager for Adidas, the founder and host of The Daily Grind podcast, and the founder of her non-profit, The Kelly Johnson Foundation. A woman who continues to bring positive energy wherever she roams and keeps pushing past adversity to reach her goals and for others to reach their goals. 


Kelly discusses her journey in sports; from completing her finance undergrad at UW Madison to starting a non-profit while in undergrad, what keeps her moving, her relationship with running, advice she has for those getting started in sports + MORE! 


Kelly's social links: 

Twitter: @kellyfastruns

LinkedIn:https://www.linkedin.com/in/kellyjohnson7

The Daily Grind Podcast: https://direct.me/dailygrindpod

Kelly Johnson Foundation: https://direct.me/kjfwi

If you would like to be on the podcast and are in the #sportsbiz, fill this out:  https://bit.ly/TRC_GuestForm  

Rookie Contract social links: https://linktr.ee/TheRookieContract    

Kate's social links: Twitter: https://twitter.com/katenorum   

 LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/katenorum/  

Music: Synapse by Shane Ivers https://www.silvermansound.com


Thank you for watching! 

- Kate 


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Release Date: 2022-07-05 02:19

S2: Ep: 20: Challenge Your Priority (Feat. Sean Cain)

This week's episode features Sean Cain, the current director of corporate partnerships & development at The Superlative Group. Sean, a Detroit, Mich. native, has made his rounds throughout the sports arena,  from his journey playing collegiate soccer at Adrian College and earning his BBA there, to also earning his MBA + MSA from Ohio University. Not to mention, his experiences from working in college athletics at the University of Nevada, Reno, NCAA, and for Ohio University's Sports Administration dept; Sean has the willingness to always keep competitive energy and perfect the challenge. Sean discusses more of his unique journey from playing D-III soccer, utilizing connections to his advantage, appreciating the small things in a workplace, mentality of priority in personal + professional, if grad school is the move, + so MUCH MORE!  Sean's social links: Twitter: https://twitter.com/smcain09 LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sean-cain/ If you would like to be on the podcast and are in the #sportsbiz, fill this out:  https://bit.ly/TRC_GuestForm  Rookie Contract social links: https://linktr.ee/TheRookieContract    Kate's social links: Twitter: https://twitter.com/katenorum    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/katenorum/  Music: Synapse by Shane Ivers https://www.silvermansound.com   

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Release Date: 2022-06-28 02:30

S2: Ep. 19: Into the Unknown (Feat. Mary Edman)

This week's episode features Mary Edman, the current corporate fulfillment specialist at San Jose Barracuda, the AHL affiliate of the San Jose Sharks. Edman is a woman who is the epitome of staying focused on the goal but being open to any possibility out there. Starting her career as a collegiate tennis player at Colorado College and then later getting her MBA at the University of Oregon, this woman enjoys stimulating and exciting work and sports have been that for her. 

Mary discusses the journey she's had from playing tennis at a small liberal arts school, to graduating during a pandemic and figuring out the next steps in her career, moving back home + realizing her purpose, & MUCH MORE!

Thank you again to Mary for taking the time to discuss more of her non-linear journey in sports and as she continues to make her mark and one day, maybe even the majors. 

Mary's social links:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/marbear913

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/maryedman/

If you would like to be on the podcast and are in the #sportsbiz, fill this out:  https://bit.ly/TRC_GuestForm 

Rookie Contract social links: https://linktr.ee/TheRookieContract   

Kate's social links:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/katenorum   

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/katenorum/ 

Music: Synapse by Shane Ivers https://www.silvermansound.com   

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Release Date: 2022-06-21 00:30

S2:Ep.18: The Price of Passion (Feat. Ryan Fahey)

It's been roughly two months since a new episode has been posted and we are back like we never left.


This week's episode features Ryan Fahey, on air talent (color + PxP) and announcer for Chicago area teams, including: Loyola Ramblers, Windy City Bulls and Schaumburg Boomers. Fahey is no stranger to the broadcast booth and being behind the microphone.  Ryan talks about his unofficial start in the broadcast arena, taking on a role outside of sports, staying focused on the opportunity, finding his niche, and knowing your worth + MORE.


Thank you again for Ryan for taking time to discuss more of his journey in sports and as he continues to make his mark. 

Ryan's social links:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheRyanFahey

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ryan-fahey-18110958/

If you would like to be on the podcast and are in the #sportsbiz, fill this out:  https://bit.ly/TRC_GuestForm 

Rookie Contract social links: https://linktr.ee/TheRookieContract   

Kate's social links: 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/katenorum   

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/katenorum/ 

Music: Synapse by Shane Ivers https://www.silvermansound.com   

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Release Date: 2022-04-12 00:32

S2: Ep. 15: Be an Octopus (Feat. Regina Ham)

This episode features Regina Ham, who currently is a free agent sports reporter and producer. With much experience in the sports media space, Regina has always been motivated to be on-air and is still making that a reality. Experience at Sirius XM, R/T, and countless other places, has given her more excitement in her craft. After recently being laid off, she has maintained her infectious energy to keep moving in a more defined man-dominated arena. 

Regina discusses her journey from Jersey and growing up watching Phillies games, the disparities of being a woman in a mostly male industry, learning constructive criticism, taking a chance on yourself + much MORE! 

Regina’s social links:

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/regina_ham

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/regina-ham-51037455/

If you would like to be a guest, fill this out: https://bit.ly/TRC_GuestForm 

Rookie Contract social links: https://linktr.ee/TheRookieContract  

Kate's social links:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/katenorum  

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/katenorum/ 

Music: Synapse by Shane Ivers https://www.silvermansound.com     

Please make sure to share the love of The Rookie Contract on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or wherever else you listen. If you're not already, please subscribe to the podcast to get notified when new episodes release every Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. ET and be sure to leave a review. Thank you for listening and I cannot wait to keep sharing more incredible rookie stories! - Kate

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Release Date: 2022-04-05 00:07

S2: Ep. 14: No Sunday Scaries (Feat. Natasha Brophy)

This episode features Natasha Brophy who currently is an executive assistant at United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee. A former college athlete in swimming and lacrosse at Purdue, Natasha is a person who is not afraid to get out of her comfort zone for something new. In this episode, Natasha talks about the culture shock of moving, the trials and errors of a toxic job, staying patient through the ups and downs + MORE. 


Natasha’s social links:     

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/nmbrophy

LinkedIn:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/natashabrophy/

If you would like to be a guest, fill this out: https://bit.ly/TRC_GuestForm   

Rookie Contract social links: https://linktr.ee/TheRookieContract  

Kate's social links:  

Twitter: https://twitter.com/katenorum  

 LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/katenorum/  

Music: Synapse by Shane Ivers https://www.silvermansound.com     

 Please make sure to share the love of The Rookie Contract on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or wherever else you listen. If you're not already, please subscribe to the podcast to get notified when new episodes release every Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. ET and be sure to leave a review. Thank you for listening and I cannot wait to keep sharing more incredible rookie stories! - Kate

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Release Date: 2022-03-07 23:00

S2: Ep. 12: A Concept in Motion (Feat. Patrick Felts)

This episode features Patrick Felts, a sophomore journalism student in the Media School at Indiana University. As any young person in sports, he has developed a strong passion to make a eventual career in the journalism realm. Patrick is the founder and director of Student Media Poll, which is a brand he conceptualized as he mentioned while working at Homefield Apparel. Student Media Poll is an outlet where student journalists have the opportunity to take part in college men's + women's basketball polls, and college football, which is pretty awesome. (link down below to find out more). Patrick talks about how he wanted to start Student Media Poll, getting his first credential, keeping interest in Student Media Poll and other opportunities such as with Indiana's student paper, Indiana Daily Student, what keeps him going, his legacy and more! Patrick's social links:     Twitter: https://twitter.com/patrickjfelts LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/patrick-felts-1b78671b9/ Student Media Poll: https://studentmediapoll.com/  If you would like to be a guest, fill this out: https://bit.ly/TRC_GuestForm  Rookie Contract social links: https://linktr.ee/TheRookieContract  Kate's social links:   Twitter: https://twitter.com/katenorum    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/katenorum/  Music: Synapse by Shane Ivers https://www.silvermansound.com      Please make sure to share the love of The Rookie Contract on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or wherever else you listen. If you're not already, please subscribe to the podcast to get notified when new episodes release every Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. ET and be sure to leave a review. Thank you for listening and I cannot wait to keep sharing more incredible rookie stories! - Kate

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Release Date: 2022-02-28 23:30

S2: Ep. 11: Create the Confidence (Feat. Jake Aferiat)

This episode features Jake Aferiat, who is a former intern at The Sporting News and former sports editor and writer for The Daily Collegian at Penn State, where he graduated in May 2021.  Jake dives into his young career in the sports industry, from beginning his love for the sports journalism space in high school. Listen as he sheds light on the reality of life after graduating, understanding the optics of a trend, being confident in your work, learning different areas of the field, and MORE! Jake's social links:    Twitter: https://twitter.com/Jake_Aferiat LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jake-aferiat-bb1a5915a/ If you would like to be a guest, fill this out: https://bit.ly/TRC_GuestForm  Rookie Contract social links: https://linktr.ee/TheRookieContract Kate's social links:  Twitter: https://twitter.com/katenorum   LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/katenorum/ Music: Synapse by Shane Ivers https://www.silvermansound.com     Please make sure to share the love of The Rookie Contract on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or wherever else you listen. If you're not already, please subscribe to the podcast to get notified when new episodes release every Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. ET and be sure to leave a review. Thank you for listening and I cannot wait to keep sharing more incredible rookie stories! - Kate

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Release Date: 2022-02-08 00:30

S2: Ep. 8: Sponge of Resilience (Feat. Julio Vega)

This episode features Julio Vega, who currently is a sports reporter for the Amarillo Globe-News in Amarillo, Texas.  Upon graduating from University of Texas-Arlington back in December 2020, Julio has remained focused on his goals to keep moving forward and push a more resilient attitude onto any prospect. From being involved with the Sports Journalism Institute, an internship with USA Today Sports, UT Shorthorn and numerous other impressive experiences to gain more in the sports journalism space.  Listen as this conversation dives more into the challenges that virtual internships create and how to make it a great experience, the reality of the job search after graduating, high school football in Texas, how Julio has prevailed and made his time in Amarillo an unforgettable one, with MUCH MORE (*hint, hint* RAPID FIRE)! If you would like to be a guest, fill this out: https://bit.ly/TRC_GuestForm Rookie Contract social links: https://linktr.ee/TheRookieContract Julio's social links: Twitter: https://twitter.com/ByJulioVega LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/julio-vega-media/ Kate's social links: Twitter: https://twitter.com/katenorum  LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/katenorum/ Music: Synapse by Shane Ivers https://www.silvermansound.com  Please make sure to share the love of The Rookie Contract on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or wherever else you listen. If you're not already, please subscribe to the podcast to get notified when new episodes release every Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. ET and be sure to leave a review. Thank you for listening and I cannot wait to keep sharing more incredible rookie stories! - Kate

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Release Date: 2022-02-01 00:25

S2: Ep. 7 : Keep on Applying (Feat. Alejandro Meyers)

This episode features Alejandro Meyers, who currently is the digital content + graphic design coordinator at Minnesota Timberwolves and Minnesota Lynx. 

At only 20-years-old, Alejandro shares his journey to NBA/WNBA by way of freelancing in high school, teaching himself skills from the iPad to Photoshop. Developing a strong urgency to create and meshing with sports seemed like the dream and has become his goal since he started drawing. It's not all rainbows, hear also how he was able to turn the rejections into more potential and become more confident in his craft, especially after taking a chance on himself after stepping after from college at The University of Texas' Rio Grande Valley, once the pandemic made classes online and thus began his dive into "what's next?" 

If you would like to be a guest, fill this out: https://bit.ly/TRC_GuestForm

Rookie Contract social links: https://linktr.ee/TheRookieContract


Alejandro's social links:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/alemeyers12

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rneyers/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rneyers/


Kate's social links:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/katenorum 

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/katenorum/


Music: Synapse by Shane Ivers https://www.silvermansound.com 

Please make sure to share the love of The Rookie Contract on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or wherever else you listen. If you're not already, please subscribe to the podcast to get notified when new episodes release every Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. ET and be sure to leave a review.

Thank you for listening and I cannot wait to keep sharing more incredible rookie stories! 

- Kate

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Release Date: 2021-12-08 01:00

Always Be Ready Feat. Jael Rucker, S2:Ep.6

This episode features Jael Rucker, who currently is an editor at 137pm and previously as the sideline reporter at Georgia State under football and men's + women's basketball for the ESPN3 broadcasts. Listen to how she got started in sports, Georgia State memories, making dreams come true with the opportunity of a lifetime at 137pm, realizing her purpose and her ultimate goals in her career. 

Oh, and don't forget to buy a pair of ear plugs! (you know, when you're in loud environments and such)

** Don't be shy. If you would like to connect with us, our links are below. Say Hi!

Jael's social links:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/RuckerJael

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jael-rucker-81b5b3bb/

Ash's social links:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ashleykav

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ashley-kavanagh

Kate's social links:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/katenorum 

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/katenorum/

Rookie Contract social links: https://linktr.ee/TheRookieContract

Music: Synapse by Shane Ivers

https://www.silvermansound.com 

Please make sure to share the love of The Rookie Contract on Spotify, Apple Podcasts or wherever else you listen. If you're not already, please subscribe to our channel to get our newest episodes when they release every other Wednesday at 11 a.m. and give us a review.

If you would like to be a guest, fill this out: https://bit.ly/TRC_GuestForm

We appreciate our listeners and we will continue to share more incredible rookie stories!

- Ash + Kate

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Release Date: 2021-11-17 00:00

BONUS EP: Clear eyes, full hearts... (Meet the Hosts)

So, we decided to have a little fun this week and put out an episode dedicated to getting to know more of who we are as hosts of The Rookie Contract.

We talk on just about everything on our mind: pandemic and the sports world, job search, our personal goals,  Taylor Swift (?) and MUCH MORE! 

The vibes are absolutely on point. Don't you agree?

** As mentioned, here's all our social links, give us a follow and reach out if you would like to connect with us!  Say Hi!

Ash's social links:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ashleykav

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ashley-kavanagh

Kate's social links:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/katenorum 

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/katenorum/

Rookie Contract social links: https://linktr.ee/TheRookieContract

Music: Synapse by Shane Ivers

https://www.silvermansound.com 

Please make sure to share the love of The Rookie Contract on Spotify, Apple Podcasts or wherever else you listen. If you're not already, please subscribe to our channel to get our newest episodes when they release every other Wednesday at 11 a.m. and give us a review.

If you would like to be a guest, fill this out: https://bit.ly/TRC_GuestForm

We appreciate our listeners and we will continue to share more incredible rookie stories! 

- Ash + Kate

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Release Date: 2021-11-03 08:41

S2: Ep. 5: LESSONS FROM THE PROS: PERSEVERANCE (Feat. Calee Williams)

This episode features a BRAND NEW side series, Lessons From the Pros, along with our regular guests (recent college grads and young professionals) where we will be hearing from people that have been in the biz longer than 5 years and are willing to share their own words of wisdom for those starting out in the sports industry.

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In this episode we hear from Calee Williams, associate HR business partner at the Dallas Mavericks. Calee recalls everything that she has endured throughout her journey so far, including the monotonous grind of selling yourself, starting in the thick of the industry doing the "grunt work", and being able to fulfill more heightened response on personal connections over dollar signs. Calee has a plethora of accomplishments which she shares in this episode, to provide more insight into her journey and how it can help others reach their own goals whether in sales or any other area.

We hope you take away something from this episode and realize that we all are on our own paths, but we each have a similar goal and that is to be in sports. 

** Don't be shy. If you would like to connect with us, our links are below. Say Hi!

Calee's social links:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/CaleeWills

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/caleewilliams/

Ash's social links:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ashleykav

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ashley-kavanagh

Kate's social links:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/katenorum 

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/katenorum/

Rookie Contract social links: https://linktr.ee/TheRookieContract

Music: Synapse by Shane Ivers

https://www.silvermansound.com 

Please make sure to share the love of The Rookie Contract on Spotify, Apple Podcasts or wherever else you listen. If you're not already, please subscribe to our channel to get our newest episodes when they release every other Wednesday at 11 a.m. and give us a review.

If you would like to be a guest, fill this out: https://bit.ly/TRC_GuestForm

We appreciate our listeners and we will continue to share more incredible rookie and people in sports, stories! 

- Ash + Kate

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