Episode 17

A month in a bubble - how it feels to compete in the Covid world

Published on: 3rd February, 2021

A really honest account of what it's like living and competing in a bubble for a month.

GB's top ranked mixed doubles pair of Marcus Ellis and Lauren Smith talk about their time in Bangkok. And lessons they've learnt from their experience. And lessons we might all benefit from too.

Marcus says he found it very hard to focus on his badminton and maintain his hunger after being forced to stay in his room for up to 23 hours a day. He appreciates they were privileged to travel and play - but learn a lot about how he needs to adjust to the new way of competing during Covid times.

Lauren describes how she had to battle with motivation and a different sort of fatigue and. how planning and more structure and routine will help them in the future.

I'm making these podcasts to raise money for Maggie's Cancer Centres.


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Destination Tokyo
Olympic and Paralympic stories in the run up to the Tokyo Games.
I’ve covered 5 Olympic and 5 Paralympic Games at home and abroad. Tokyo 2020 was to have been numbers 6. So how are the athletes preparing during Covid times. And what are they learning in the run up to the Games. The Podcast lasts around 10 mins and comes out daily, Monday to Friday. I’m also using it to raise money for Maggie’s Cancer Centres to thank them for the help they’ve given my wife and family during her bowel cancer journey.
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Mark Shardlow

Hi - I'm Mark, a Sports Journalist specialising in Olympic and Paralympic Sports. I also help others podcast.