Episode 117

Heading to Tokyo, a dog called Rio and six tortoises - Claire Taggart, Paralympics GB Boccia

Published on: 7th July, 2021

Claire Taggart has been named for the Paralympics GB squad in Boccia. Claire talks brilliantly about the sport of Boccia and what's needed to be good at it.

Claire also gives a great account of the difficulties the sport has had during lockdown and how they've done their best to overcome them. Boccia is generally played by players who need high levels of support in their lives.

Claire is from Larne in Northern Ireland. She has her own business as well as quite a few pets including six tortoises with some very unsual names and a dog called Rio!

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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.