Episodes

Episode 2: Chrissy

This episode introduces us to Chrissy, a woman who has many strings to her bow, including being a tutor, a coach and a poet. She was living on her own in London when the lockdown was announced and she found herself feeling particularly isolated. As a result, when there was a call for people to help at her local food bank, she answered that call immediately.

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Episode 1: Mike McCarthy

This episode of Our Voices looks at the heartbreaking struggle of Ross: a son, father and finacé who took his own life in the midst of lockdown at the age of 31.  We hear from Ross’s father, Mike, who reflects on the challenges his son faced and how, as a society, we could do more to help those who are battling serious mental health challenges.

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Episode 7: Tony Jeffries

In this week’s episode, we hear the story of former Olympic boxer, Tony. He grew up as a “tall, skinny, freckled kid” in Sunderland. One of his first challenges was dealing with a pair of bullies who were picking on him at school.

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Episode 6: Susie Rogers

This episode introduces us to Susie: a gold-medal winning former Paralympic swimmer, who had to overcome the odds on multiple occasions in order to achieve at the highest level.

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Episode 5: Tom Bosworth

This episode introduces us to Tom: an Olympic race walker who has come from growing up in rather sheltered conditions in Kent to holding three world best titles and six British records.

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Episode 4: Holly Bradshaw

This episode takes a contemporary look at the Olympic experience through the story of Holly Bradshaw. She is a pole vaulter who is preparing to compete in her 3rd Olympic Games in Tokyo. Holly talks about the anxieties she experienced as a child when doing sport for the first time and how these anxieties resurfaced as she was exposed to the challenges that come with being a high-profile athlete.

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Episode 3: Frazer Clarke

This episode introduces us to Frazer: a superheavyweight boxer who has spent the last 12 years fighting for his opportunity to compete at the Olympic Games.

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Episode 2: Garry Cook

In this episode, we hear the story of Garry: a former Olympic athlete who won a silver medal in the 1984 Olympic Games relay race. He is the husband of Kathy, a former guest of the podcast who also achieved Olympic glory.

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Episode 1: Kathy Smallwood-Cook

In the first episode of this new series of Our Voices, we hear Kathy’s story. Kathy is a former Olympic sprinter. She is a three-time bronze medallist and competed for Great Britain at the 1980 and 1984 Olympic games. She recounts her journey into sprinting and the experiences that helped to shape her achievements.

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