Episode 14: Eilidh Doyle, Athletics

Earlier this month, Scottish 400 metre hurdler Eilidh Doyle announced her retirement from Athletics. So it was only right that I invited her onto the podcast for an in-depth exit interview!

We covered everything. From the pressure of London 2012, to the relief of winning European gold, Eilidh has experienced it all.

Hear how Eilidh actually quit the sport in her late teens, why she missed Christine Ohuruogu in the call room and how she briefly ended up living with her coach Malcolm Arnold.

This episode is littered with superb insights into life as an athlete, it really is one for the die-hard athleticos!

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Eilidh was such a pleasure to speak to, so please enjoy this episode!

Thanks for listening!

Chris

Episode 13: Chris Brown, Athletics

Don’t panic. This episode isn’t actually about me and my love of Athletics! For episode 13, I had to invite my namesake Chris Brown onto the podcast.

The Bahamian star of Track and Field has enjoyed a glorious career spanning over 20 years. Nicknamed “Fireman”, Chris has won 14 global medals, indoors and out.

London 2012 saw the 400m legend lead off the Bahamas relay team to a famous gold medal, which definitely helped appease many individual 4th place finishes at major championships.

So, which 5 defining moments has Chris Brown chosen? Listen as Chris Brown asks Chris Brown!

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Thank you for listening!

Chris Brown

Episode 12: Andy Lapthorne, Wheelchair Tennis

The French Open tennis is currently taking place at Roland Garros and I was lucky enough to speak to one of the competitors on site.

British quad wheelchair tennis player Andy Lapthorne has won two grand slam singles titles, multiple doubles trophies and a trio of Paralympic medals.

In this podcast, Andy speaks about the mistakes he made during his early career, his maiden grand slam title and his rivalry with Australian Dylan Alcott.

Plus, we hear about his love for West Ham United, his Paralympic celebrations in Rio and how he struggled with his mental health in 2020.

Andy managed to win another Quad Doubles title in Roland Garros this week, to complete the career slam and still has a busy summer lined up!

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Thank you for listening and enjoy the episode!

Chris

Episode 11: Darya Klishina, Athletics

At the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, Darya Klishina cast a lonely figure. 

The long jumper was the only Russian athlete permitted to compete in the Athletics competition at those Games. 

Following the outcome of the McLaren report into state-sponsored doping in Russia, Darya was able to prove herself a clean athlete, having lived and trained in America for 3 years.

In this podcast, Darya talks about that rollercoaster week in Rio and how she hopes her Olympic experience will be more enjoyable in Tokyo. 

Plus, we hear about her early life in Russia, how she’s learnt to speak English thanks to her life-changing move to the USA and her recent step into the music industry.

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Thank you for listening and enjoy the episode!

Chris

Episode 10: Sally Gunnell OBE, Athletics

Episode 10! Double digits!

And to celebrate turning 10, my guest for this special episode is the athlete who turned me into a sports fan.

Sally Gunnell is one of the most successful athletes in the history of British athletics.

Sally began her career as a heptathlete, but she then focused on the 100m Hurdles, before finally finding her calling over 400m Hurdles.

Olympic, World, European and Commonwealth gold medals all followed, as did the World Record.

However, Sally was unable to defend any of those titles due to numerous injuries and she ended her track career in 1997.

Following her retirement, Sally worked for the BBC and has been involved with numerous projects and charities.

So sit back and enjoy listening to the 5 Defining Moments in the career of Sally Gunnell.

Thank you all for listening!

Chris

Episode 9: Jordanne Whiley MBE, Wheelchair Tennis

Jordanne Whiley has achieved something that no other British tennis player has managed to do; complete the calendar slam.

The 28-year-old has 4 Wimbledon wheelchair doubles titles to her name, as well as the US Open singles title from 2015.

In this podcast, Jordanne discusses her early years in the sport, life on tour as a mother and the highs and lows that came with her two Paralympic bronze medals.

Plus, we hear about chicken nuggets, her post-tennis plans and how she was more upset about Wimbledon being cancelled than her own wedding!

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See you soon for more Defining Moments!

Chris

Episode 8: John Naber, Swimming

John Naber: Olympian, Swimmer, Broadcaster, Storyteller & Teacher.

A very inspiring and motivating conversation with one of the Olympic greats in the pool. 

John Naber is one of America’s greatest Olympians. At the Montreal Games in 1976, he won 4 gold medals and 1 silver, becoming the most decorated athlete from those Olympics.

However, his world records stuck around longer than he did. Upon retiring aged 21, John has gone on to work at Disneyland, broadcast for American television and chair the US Olympic Alumni Association.

In this podcast, John opens up about his faith, his work with the Olympic movement and how he sees the life of an Olympian today.

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I hope you feel motivated after listening to this episode! I’ll be back with more My Defining Moments. Thanks for listening!

Chris

Episode 7: Bianca Walkden, Taekwondo

Bianca Walkden is one of Britain’s most successful sports stars. The 29-year-old is a triple world champion in Taekwondo and has an Olympic bronze medal from Rio 2016.

All of her major successes have come after not one, but two ACL ruptures. Bianca discusses how those injuries have made her stronger and how she hopes to win gold at the Tokyo Olympic Games.

Plus, we hear about one of the best and worst days of her life, her perfect Taekwondo family and the tasty Italian business that she runs in her hometown of Liverpool.

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I’ll be back very soon for an inspirational episode of My Defining Moments. Thanks for listening!

Chris

Episode 6: Chris Mears MBE, Diving

At the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, Chris Mears shared the honour of becoming Great Britain’s first Olympic Diving champion. Along with Jack Laugher, the pair won the gold medal in the synchronised 3m springboard event.

For the first My Defining Moments episode of 2021, Chris speaks openly about the mental health struggles he’s had since winning Olympic gold and how the recent lockdown has helped him.

Plus we hear the story of his near death experience as a teenager, receiving an MBE from Prince Charles and being able to feel the crowd in his feet at London 2012!

Listen to Chris talk me through how his music career is going, and how he hopes to improve on the millions of streams he’s had in 2020!

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Thank you for listening and I’ll be back soon for more My Defining Moments.

Chris

Episode 5: Hannah Cockroft MBE, Para-Athletics

5 Paralympic gold medals, 12 World titles and 5 Defining Moments for Hannah Cockroft! ‘Hurricane’ Hannah is the latest guest to join me on My Defining Moments, as the T34 Wheelchair racer discusses the highs and lows of her career so far.

Since winning 2 Paralympic titles at a home Games aged just 20, Hannah has gone on to dominate her event. A seven year undefeated streak came to an end at the hands of her younger compatriot. But, as Hannah explains, that only fueled the fire for greater success.

Listen to Hannah explain how she first got into sport at a relatively late age, what it’s like to receive an MBE and her shock at the addition of the 800 metres to the Paralympic program!

Plus we hear about her dream week; breaking world records AND being prom Queen, getting mobbed in Westfields shopping centre and how presenting Countryfile affected her career on the track.

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