Episode 103

Inspired on a family caravan holiday - Lauren Williams, Team GB Taekwondo

Published on: 16th June, 2021

Lauren Williams will make her Olympic debut in Taekwondo in Tokyo and her story is one to inspire any young athlete. She's twice European Champion and hoping to add to her overall medal haul this summer.

In 2012 she was on holiday with her family in their caravan when they watched Jade Jones win her gold medal at the London Olympics.

Inspired by that, she switched from kick boxing to Taekwondo and went to a talent ID day, even so she was under ago. She impressed so much that she was offered a place on the programme.

So she moved with her mum to Manchester and lived in the very same caravan they watched the Games in. She spent two years in the van with her mum, who left work to look after her - whilst her dad stayed back with her sister.

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