Episode 14

How does a mum of 3 tiny children return to elite training?

Published on: 29th January, 2021

Sal Montgomery has a special place in Helen Glover's life. She saved her husband from drowning. And Sal gives a unique insight into how Helen returned to the GB Rowing Squad having had 3 children in the last 3 years.

Sal is an extreme canoeist and adventurer and accompanied Helen's husband, Steve Backshall, on a TV trip to a remote part of Bhutan. She talks about the terrifying moment. But also in glowing terms about how Helen manages family life alongside a return to elite sport. Sal spent the summer with the family as Helen began her training on the river.

I've also got contributions from a team mate, Jonny Walton, on his admiration for one of the stars of world rowing. And from British Canoeing's Director of Performance, Brendan Purcell, who thinks it's an exciting boost for the GB team.

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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.