Episode 57

Judge these games on the human spirit - Paralympic sprinter Richard Whitehead

Published on: 7th April, 2021

Richard Whitehead is a double leg amputee sprinter who won gold and silver at the Rio Paralympics and a memorable gold in London in 2012. He's also worked across the world with humanitarian charities.

He talks about the tough year athletes have had during the last 12 months, both physically and mentally. And how many of his competitors across the world have suffered through lockdown, not having access to facilities and tracks.

Richard argues that the 2021 Paralympics is more about the human spirit than the results and that the movement and athletes have changed during Covid.

He hopes to be at the Games but is still searching for events to take part in with much of Europe under restrictions.

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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.