Podcast #31: Olympic stars round-off seasons plus Hercules Wimbledon visit

In this episode, you’ll hear from some of the stars of the Olympic Games who are getting excited about competing for Team England at next summer’s Commonwealth Games in Birmingham including Jazmin Sawyers, Daryll Neita and Jodie Williams.

Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games

Team GB long jumper Jazmin Sawyers is excited about the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games being close to her hometown, Stoke-on-Trent.

“Having a Commonwealths just down the road from my parents house, from where I grew up, I can’t imagine how it’s going to be! The stadium will be full – I know people will come out and support because Birmingham fans are like no other. I’ve had so many personal bests in that stadium.”

Olympic 4x100m medallist Daryll Neita notes on being in some of the fastest ever women’s sprint races in history.

“It’s absolutely crazy to be in these historic races where I’m seeing crazy times. But it’s great because it inspires me. I want to get there. I know I will.” –

We also get soundbites from Keely Hodgkinson and Holly Bradshaw as they round off their seasons after picking up medals in Tokyo. Olympic 800m silver medallist Keely Hodgkinson on her brilliant breakthrough year comments:

“A crazy year. I don’t think I’ve had the chance to reflect on it yet. It’s definitely a lot to sink in but it’s been amazing. I’ve enjoyed every aspect of it. i’ve been to so many different countries I’d never been to before. It’s been amazing, I wouldn’t change it for anything.”

CEO Club visit

Meanwhile, our CEO Chris Jones has been to visit Hercules Wimbledon, where the club are seeking to raise awareness of the need to renovate their track. World 4x400m medallist Dwayne Cowan and coach and author Patrick Hutchinson were there.

“Your mental health is looked after when you train, when you workout, when you run, the mental side of this needs to be pushed out there just as much as the physical aspect of training” – Hercules Wimbledon athletics coach and author Patrick Hutchinson.

World and European 4x400m relay medallist Dwayne Cowan is backing Hercules Wimbledon Athletlcs Club’s petition to raise awareness of the need to renovate their track.

“When I first started, I didn’t have world-class or professional times, and they still supported me. They could see potential. It would be a shame if this club had to close its doors.” –

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