Medals & More - a conversation with Dame Katherine Grainger
Working together and moving forward
Season 2, Ep. 3
Welcome to the latest edition of UK Sport Chair Dame Katherine Grainger's monthly podcast ‘Medals & More’ -abehind the scenes look at high-performance sport.Following the successful virtual PLx 2020 event, in this episode we hear from three of the leading speakers who shared their challenges and successes of this year.British Triathlon's Mike Cavendish on new technology in elite sport and how covid-19 may have done them a favour! Beijing bronze medalist Sarah Stevenson on her new role on Taekwondo's world governing body and putting athletes first, and what makes a successful high performance team with England Rugby's Conor O'Shea.Each month, Katherine talks to guests about a particular theme - this is episode three of season two - check out previous editions around ‘Diversity’ and last month's elite sport ‘Community’.This is Medals & More - download and subscribe and you won't miss a moment!
Community in high performance sport
Season 2, Ep. 2
This is Medals & More – the podcast getting you behind the scenes of Olympic & Paralympic sport. In this episode, Katherine Grainger is joined by Cheavon Clarke, Lora Fachie & Jon Dutton to discuss community, and in-particular, the role elite sport can play in it. British Olympic and Paralympic athletes are quite rightly often praised for their performances on the world stage, but what about their efforts closer to home? How can major sporting events held here in the UK help energise the local area? And what do sports dotoinspire the next generation?Cheavon is a British boxer who will be looking to compete for Team GB at next year’s Olympic Games, having won a bronze medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Also that year Chev raised funds and organised the rejuvenation of the boxing club where he started his career. Lora made her Paralympic debut at London 2012, and also competed at Rio 2016 where she came away with one gold, and a bronze medal. Away from competing, Lora has also been a member of the BPA Athletes’ Commission for nearly four years. And Jon is CEO of the Rugby League World Cup 2021, which kicks-off in Newcastle in less than a year, and he hopes the event can also deliver off the pitch to the local communities it's held in!Download and subscribe and you won't miss a moment!
Diversity in elite sport during Black History Month
Season 2, Ep. 1
Many parts of the world are now addressing issues of race and racism like never before, and the world of sport is no exception.In this episode, the first of season 2 of Medals and More, 5 time Olympic medalist and chair of UK Sport, Dame Katherine Grainger is joined by two prominent campaigners in British sport, for an open and honest conversation about the issues that have existed in sport, but also the work that is being done to improve diversity across the Olympic and Paralympic sector.Chris Grant is an independentboard member at Sport England, whose on a commission looking at the future of women’s sport and amongst many otherroles, Chris was deputy chair ofLondon 2012’s international and development programme. Michelle Mooreis a former athlete nowan award winning leadership coach, consultant and international speaker. Atrustee ofThe Runnymeade Trust – the UK’s leading race equality think-tank, advisesthe Women’s Sport Trust, Sports AidandSport Englandand has been voted one of the UK’s 50 most influential women in sport.Listen in as they discuss Black History Month, some of the diversity work that is being done in the UK's high-performance system but also the need to encourage open minds and more action.
#7 Freestyle Sport in the Summer & Winter Olympics
Season 1, Ep. 7
Freestyle sport isn’t new to the Olympics, the speed, showmanship and ability to perform aerial manoeuvres whilst skiing was debuted in 1988, but freestyle and action sports are increasing at both the Winter and Summer Games.In this episode of Medals & More, the podcast getting behind the scenes of Olympic and Paralympic sport, five time Olympic medallist and now the Chair of UK Sport, Dame Katherine Grainger welcomes two experts in their fields.Rich King is British Cycling’s BMX Freestyle Park Lead, as the sport makes its debut at Tokyo next year, and Pat Sharples, Head of Coaching at GB Snowsport, which has seen British athletes achieving more podium finishes and top 10 results in more disciplines than ever before.This episode, recorded before lockdown, also brings this current season of Medals & More to a close, but we’ll be back soon counting down to the Tokyo 2020 Games in 2021! Listen and subscribe and you won’t miss a moment!
#6 Mental Health Awareness Week during Lockdown
Season 1, Ep. 6
Across the sporting community, there has been an increased focus on athlete wellbeing. We are used to hearing from athletes about their physical problems, but what about their mental health?In this episode of Medals & More, the podcast getting behind the scenes of Olympic and Paralympic sport, recorded during Mental Health Awareness Week, five time Olympic medallist and now the Chair of UK Sport, Dame Katherine Grainger welcomes a panel of three guests to discuss the emotional challenges facing athletes aiming to be the best.Two time Olympic Champion Lizzy Yarnold, Great Britain's most successful Winter Olympian ever, describes how the pressure of training for the Olympic Games meant she often cried herself to sleep at night, whilst world record holding race walker Tom Bosworth admits that following his disqualification during the 2017 World Athletics Championships in London, he attempted to take his own life.There is support for athletes in the shape of Performance Lifestyle Advisors at the English Institute of Sport and Jo Harrison discusses what is now in place to help athletes struggling with their mental health.The podcast was recorded in mid-May with Katherine and the entire panel speaking remotely from their homes.
#5 Tokyo 2020 Olympics in 2021 - Team GB's Mark England
Season 1, Ep. 5
The Tokyo 2020 Olympics is now due to take place exactly one year later in Japan, following the unprecedented postponement of the Games due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic across the world.In this episode of Medals and More, the podcast getting behind the scenes of Olympic & Paralympic sport, 5 time Olympic medalist and now UK Sport chair, Dame Katherine Grainger catches up with Team GB's 'Chef De Mission' Mark England.They discuss what the 'chef's' role is, the impact, at the once unthinkable delay to an Olympics, is having on athletes and support staff and why its the case some British competitors still know they've been selected to represent Team GB, while others will have to wait til after lockdown to prove themselves.The podcast was recorded in mid-April 2020 with Katherine and Mark speaking remotely from their homes.
#4 British sport reacts to Tokyo 2020 postponement
Season 1, Ep. 4
The Olympic and Paralympic Games scheduled for 2020 have been postponed to 2021 by the International Olympic Committee, International Paralympic Committee and local organisers in Tokyo.This was as a result of the global COVID-19 pandemic.It means that the bodies behind Team GB and Para GB now have to re-organise their arrangements and logistics for the games. It also means UK Sport - the Government Agency which manages the funding of sport in this country now needs to look at how to fund Olympic and Paralympic sport through to 2021.In this episode of Medals and More, the chair of UK Sport Dame Katherine Grainger speaks to the respective CEO's of the organisations responsible for dealing with the current challenges. She is joined by Andy Anson - the CEO of the British Olympic Association, Mike Sharrock - the CEO of the British Paralympic Association and Sally Munday - the CEO of UK Sport.The podcast was recorded in mid-April 2020 with all the participants joining the discussion remotely from home.
#3 Leadership & Coaching - Sir Andrew Strauss
Season 1, Ep. 3
Medals & More - a conversation with Dame Katherine Grainger - the podcast taking you behind the scenes of Olympic and Paralympic sport.In this episode, Katherine speaks to a man who has done it all in his sport - Sir Andrew Strauss. He was part of the historic 2005 Ashes winning team, captain by 2009 before finally calling time on his playing career when England lost their number one Test ranking in 2012 - that magical summer wasn't for everyone! Andrew discusses his successful techniques as a leader, after becoming the first director of England cricket, eventually overseeing the team's return to number one in the world!Katherine also gets top tips on the management and development of athletes from GB head coaches Paula Dunn of British Athletics and Greg Baker of British Para Table Tennis.Medals & More - a conversation with Katherine Grainger - Listen & subscribe and you won't miss a moment!
#2 Medals & More - Max Whitlock, Sir Lee Pearson and Helen & Kate Richardson-Walsh
Season 1, Ep. 2
Medals & More - a conversation with Dame Katherine Grainger - the podcast taking you behind the scenes of Olympic and Paralympic sport.In this episode, we focus on the record-breaking success of Rio 2016 and look ahead to this summer's Tokyo Games - can Team GB & Para GB equal those achievements?Katherine catches up with double Olympic gold medallist Max Whitlock about his triumph in Brazil and how he's now preparing for Japan. We hear from Paralympic champions Sir Lee Pearson & John Walker on their goals for the Games and Helen and Kate Richardson-Walsh reveal the secrets behind the success of the British Women's Hockey team that claimed Olympic gold in 2016, four years on from winning bronze at our home games in London.Medals & More - a conversation with Dame Katherine Grainger - download & subscribe and you won't miss a moment!