Episode 38

Mental health struggles which have left their scars - double gold medal winner Libby Clegg

Published on: 4th March, 2021

Here's an optimistic Libby Clegg who's on track to make her 4th successive Paralympics as a sprinter. It's fair to say she's had a hectic and difficult 5 years since winning double gold in Rio in 2016.

She talks about her mental health struggles after those Games which led to a year off the track. Libby still believes it's left its mark and is not as confident or as happy as she was in 2016.

She's barely competed since Rio. She had a year off in 2017 with her mental health issues. Her guide runners got injured in 2018 so couldn't compete; And then she got pregnant and became a mum.

Aside from athletics, she's taken on a renovation project with a house move during lockdown. Both she and her partner Dan are registered blind. She's also mum to a near 2 year old Edward. And last year she was a finalist in Dancing on Ice on ITV as she learnt to ice dance.

Always one for a challenge - she's now started live exercise classes and she's mentoring in inner city Leicester.

You can find Libby's exercise classes here


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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.