Episode 88

Pommel horse in the dining room and a life-long ambition - James Hall and Joe Fraser

Published on: 25th May, 2021

More gymnastics today with chats to the other two athletes selected for the men's gymnastics team for Tokyo.

Joe Fraser is the 2019 world champion on the parallel bars.

He was a typical 5 year old who was always tumbling around the house and when he was taken to gymnastics class as a kid he loved it. When he first saw the Olympics on TV he decided he wanted to be there.

Joe talks about his experiences at the Youth Olympics and going out to the Rio Games in 2016 to learn about the Olympic experience.

James Hall is also ready to make his Olympic debut. He's been on the squad for 7 years and waited patiently for his chance. During lockdown he set up a pommel horse in his dining room!

Thanks for listening and for all the kind comments over the series. Feel free to drop me a line at markshardlow@icloud.com

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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.