World and European 800m medallist, Jenny Meadows joins our founding Director, Dr Justine Reilly in the latest episode of our ‘In Conversation’ series.
We had the enormous pleasure of catching up with Jenny prior to the start of the Tokyo 2020 (21) Olympics. We look forward to the games, how they may present an opportunity to remember the core Olympics values in this most unusual of times, and consider how the athletes might be feeling as they prepare for Tokyo. Jenny considers her own sporting heritage memories, inspirations, and the experiences, which have helped inform her current work assisting the next generation of athletes. Along with her ‘Totally Runnable’ (https://www.totallyrunable.com/) project and work in schools; helping to shift attitudes, approaches to sport and presenting the positive lessons sport can teach young people. While Jenny recalls how she was once inspired herself as a junior athlete by the suggestion that “young champions will emerge and defeat their former idols.”
We also hear about some exciting research into the heritage numbers of previous GB athletes that the family have been engaged in during lock down, and how this may further help inspire the next generation of athletes as they can see their place in the history of their sport.
Look out for more videos in our ‘In Conversation with’ series in the run up to National Sporting Heritage Day #NSHD2021 on Sept 30 https://www.sportingheritage.org.uk/nshd
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