Episode 40

Self-doubt, esteem and never giving up - Laura Gallagher GB Trampoline Gymnast

Published on: 9th March, 2021

Trampoline gymnastics is one of the sports that I love to watch. We don't get to see it much until the Olympics comes round. And it's one of those sports that we all become 'experts' for a few days.

Laura Gallagher is one of Britain's best. But she has had a long battle with injury and self-doubt.

Laura talks about how she no longer lets Trampoline Gymnastics define her. She's always struggled with confidence and self-esteem and describes how difficult that is in the world of elite sport.

She has been super successful but has had lows too that have crept into her non-sport life. But she has learnt the value of herself and believes strongly that personal values are so important for all of us.

She admits to losing her perspective of life and a very time when she couldn't pick herself up off the floor. But an interview for a job working with young people changed her mindset. She believes its about accepting where you are, letting go of the past and knowing you can change the future. She's now in a good place. And has had the best few years of her career.

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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.