2: Tom Bosworth | Mental breakdown & discovering happiness
Tom Bosworth (@tombosworth) is a British athlete that specialises in the Race Walk. He holds the record in the world record in 1mile race walk and currently holds British records for walking 3 km, 5 km, 10 km and 20 km.
He Has won six British Outdoor Championships, along with five British Indoor Championships.
Tom was the first 'openly gay' athlete on the British team when he came out as on the BBC's Victoria Derbyshire show. In the interview he explained that his family, friends and fellow sports athletes had known that he was gay for a number of years, and the coming out was to a wider audience to answer lingering questions from fans and to be himself. In 2016 he proposed to his now-fiance during the Rio 2016 Olympics.
In the summer of 2017 he suffered a mental breakdown after competing in the World Championships in London. Not recognising this at the time he tried to continue his normal life. In 2018 he felt he could not cope no more and tried to take his own life.
Bosworth has since then recovered from his illness and competed in the 2019 World Championships in Doha where he came 6th place.
What We Discuss with Bosworth:
- Where he discovered a passion for Race Walking.
- How to deal with mental health issues and not hide from your reality.
- Being the first 'openly gay' athlete on the Great Britain team.
- Understand how sports men and woman are viewed by Governing bodies.
- Dealing with the aftermath of suicide.
- The future of Tom Bosworth.
- And much more…