Episode 123

Making it against the odds: Epilepsy and having 4 jobs - Beth Dobbin, Team GB Athletics

Published on: 14th July, 2021

Beth Dobbin will run the 200m at the Tokyo Olympics for Team GB and she has quite a story to tell. As you'll hear Beth is absolutely thrilled to be going to the Olympics. Since she was a young girl, it's something she dreamed of. She well remembers Dame Kelly Holmes winning in Athens with her dad screaming at the TV. And then in 2012 she was obsessed, buying lots of memorabilia to fill her room.

But Beth's path has been far from easy. She feels she has made it against the odds and she doesn't know how it has happened. She has a history of epilepsy and had a serious seizure in her teens. She didn't really improve her times until she came off the medication she was on through her teenage years so consequently she won little as a junior.

Beth wasn't funded and she had multiple jobs to try to bring the money in whilst allow her to train as much as possible.

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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.