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Choosing an empowering narrative to handle whatever comes your way. Tatyana McFadden is arguably the world's best female wheelchair racer of all time. She was born with spina bifida, and spent the first six years of her life in a Russian orphanage before being adopted and moving to America. There she fell in love with wheelchair racing, going on to…
 
Exploring your own limits and trusting your own judgement with the England cricketer and World Cup winner. Jos Buttler is one of the most destructive batters in the sport. He plays for England in all forms of the game, is vice-captain for his country in limited overs teams, and whipped off the bails to secure England the World Cup in 2019. The them…
 
Lessons from the ex-armed robber reformed through sport. John McAvoy spent ten years in some of the UK's highest security prisons, having grown up around some of the most notorious criminals in the country. He even chose to spend a year in solitary confirnement rather than be "broken by the system". But while in prison John had an epiphany that tra…
 
Exploring why human connection is so vital to our wellbeing. Dr Chatterjee is a physician, author, TV presenter and podcaster, who has explored this topic in depth. People who are lonely are significantly likely to die earlier, and social isolation is thought to be as dangerous to your health as being a regular smoker. At this time, when so many of…
 
Exploring why pressure causes a dramatic drop off in performance, with Mark Williams. He is one of the most published scientists in the world when it comes to identifying talent identification and developing skill, and has co-authored "The Best: How Elite Athletes are Made", which explores how sportspeople get to the top and stay there.…
 
How to create a successful team culture and thrive within it. Frances Houghton competed at five Olympic Games, winning three silver medals. She was also a four-time World Champion. Over the course of her two decades in the British rowing system, Frances underwent a big evolution that led her to question what is truly important; what she found out i…
 
Being willing to throw yourself into something without any guarantee of a successful outcome. Ollie Ollerton is a former Special Forces soldier turned TV star and author. He passed the SAS's gruelling six-month selection process – testing his physical and mental endurance to the limit – before spending six years with the SBS. But it was after leavi…
 
How to set goals with the Ironman world record holder. In 2017, Tim Don was in the shape of his life as he headed to the Ironman World Championships in Kona. He had broken the world record earlier that year and was one of the favourites for the podium, but two days before the race he broke his neck in a collision with a car. He was fitted with a "h…
 
How our experiences inform how we see the world, with GB's Fed Cup captain. Anne Keothavong was formerly Britain's number one ranked tennis player, but her route into the sport was anything but typical. Her parents are from Laos in South East Asia; they raised their children on a housing estate in Hackney, and saw tennis as one way to give them mor…
 
What it takes to become one of the greatest athletes on the planet with Adam Peaty – the 2016 Olympic Champion, an eight-time World Champion, a twelve-time European Champion and a three-time Commonwealth Champion. He has broken world records twelve times and currently holds three of them. In this episode, Adam talks about the daily dedication requi…
 
How to harness the power of your imagination to achieve success, with Britain's greatest ever golfer. Sir Nick Faldo spent 97 weeks as the world number one and won six majors, three at The Open and three at The Masters, and he attributes much of his success to his powers of visualisation, which is the theme of this episode. He explains how he used …
 
The art of creating opportunities and turning dreams into reality. Maurice Hamilton is a Formula One legend, albeit not for his skill behind the wheel but as one of the sport's greatest authors. He's been part of the sport since 1977 and was the Observer's motor racing correspondent for 20 years. The theme of this episode is "making things happen" …
 
Why sales is an important life skill and how to get better at it, with top sports promoter Eddie Hearn. Eddie is now the managing director of Matchroom Sports, but he cut his teeth in the world of double-glazing. He's since mastered his craft, and he shares what he's learned in climbing to the top of his profession. Eddie shares wisdom on the impor…
 
The value of observing and evaluating yourself in order to grow as a person. Jamie Peacock is one of rugby league's greatest ever players. He captained both England and Great Britain and is one of the most successful players in Super League history, having won a total of nine Super League championships, four Challenge Cup winners' medals, as well a…
 
How to become more resilient - with the "Iceman" Wim Hof. Wim has numerous records to his name, including climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in just his shorts, running a half marathon above the Arctic Circle in bare feet and standing in a container full of ice cubes for nearly two hours. Wim has also been injected with an E. Coli endotoxin without showing…
 
How our beliefs and perceptions shape how we experience ourselves and the world. Helen Davis is a sports psychologist who has worked with a number of top athletes, including previous DTMTS guest Lucy Gossage. The key understanding explored in this episode is that it is not people or events that make us feel or behave in a certain way, it is our per…
 
Why having self-doubt is normal and how preparation and perspective are key. Sir Chris Hoy won six Olympic gold medals during his dazzling cycling career, and he was World Champion 11 times. He was inspired to take up the sport after watching "ET", and began in BMX before switching to track cycling. In this episode, Hoy talks about confidence and w…
 
The importance of having open and understanding conversations. Emile won 62 England caps, playing in three World Cups and Euro 2004. He started his career at his hometown club Leicester, before making a multi-million pound move to Liverpool in 2000. While there he won the FA Cup, two League Cups and the UEFA Cup, but in his book "Even Heskey Scored…
 
Resolving complicated feelings, recognising patterns and understanding yourself better with the 1996 Formula One World Champion. When Damon Hill secured the F1 Championship, he ensured that he and his father Graham Hill entered the record books as the first father-and-son pair to win Formula One's biggest prize. But sadly, Graham was not there to s…
 
Seeing life as an opportunity for constant and never-ending learning and growth. Nigel Adkins has managed several top football teams in his time, but he's best known for working wonders at Southampton. He secured back-to-back promotions from League One up into the Premier League, lifting the club 51 places in the process. Nigel is known as one of f…
 
How doing what you love can lead to unexpected places – with the head of British tennis. Scott comes from one of the original British tennis dynasties; his uncle John was an Australian Open finalist and top ten player, and his father David was a Davis Cup player and captain. Scott grew up around the Slater squad – an elite programme for top young B…
 
How our circadian rhythms impact our athletic performance, mood and overall health. Dr Panda is Professor at the Salk Institute for Biological Sciences in California – and a leading expert in the field. He argues that developing a robust circadian rhythm is one of the best things you can do to protect yourself against Covid – and in this episode he…
 
Exploring the stories we tell ourselves and the impact they can have on our lives – with triathlete and cancer doctor Lucy Gossage. Lucy is now retired from professional racing but during her athletic career she was a 13-time Ironman Champion. She was most successful when competing alongside her work in oncology, and in this episode Simon and Lucy …
 
How small actions can lead to amazing outcomes - with cancer survivor and cycling world record holder James Golding. In his 20s - James was given just a 5% chance of survival while being treated for an aggressive form of cancer. He could barely lift his head off the pillow but he managed to pull through and once he had – his life changed dramatical…
 
The power of sticking with something and refusing to give up - with TV presenter and wheelchair basketball star Ade Adepitan. Ade contracted polio when he was just 15 months old while living in Nigeria – which prompted his parents to move to the UK to give him a better chance of not just thriving but even surviving. It was a huge sacrifice by his f…
 
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