Episode 55

Coping with uncertainty, dealing with illness, life in the bubble and diet - highlights from the last three months

Published on: 30th March, 2021

A chance to reflect on the last three months of the podcast as I head towards an Easter break. I've gone back to January to listen back and learn again.

Shona McCallin gave some excellent thoughts on dealing with uncertainty. The hockey gold medal winner from Rio has had her fair share of injuries and many of the things she talked about are relevant for us as we deal with the restrictions of Covid times.

Charlotte Henshaw talks openly about her endometriosis diagnosis. The paracanoeist has dealt with the pain for many years.

Badminton pair Marcus Ellis and Lauren Smith were the first athletes I interviewed who experiences a big tournament in a bubble. And it came as a bit of shock when they realised they were spending up to 23 hours a day in their hotel room in Bangkok.

And Stef Reid gave some fascinating opinions on athlete diet and how she prepares for competition.

Thanks for listening and for all your support and donations since January. If you'd like to make a small offering to the Maggie Cancer Charity then here's the link


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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.