Conversations with combat athletes and coaches about sport and life beyond competition. We discuss the highs and lows of their careers, the work that goes into it, life after sport and look at what makes them 'more than a fighter'.
Episode 20 - Luke Preston
In the final episode of season 1, we talk to Luke Preston. Luke is head coach at Camberley judo club and was part of the coaching team for the London 2012 Olympic Games, where he coached Camberley's Karina Bryant to a bronze medal. We talk about his time as an athlete competing for Wales and Great Britain and his move into coaching, where he has coached some of Britain's biggest names in the sport.
Episode 19 - Sami Smithson
This week we talk to Samantha Smithson. Sami competed for GBR in judo, was a squadron leader in the RAF and served for 18 years, before being medically discharged with a chronic hip injury. She has since worked in performance lifestyle support and is now leading on British Judo's transition mentoring programme.
Episode 18 - Neil Eckersley
Really privileged to have this long and open conversation with 1984 Olympic Judo Bronze Medalist, Neil Eckersley. Neil had a great competitive career and competed in two Olympic Games, but chose to retire at 24 years old. He moved on to work in civil engineering, youth work, coaching, social work and now combines coaching in Norway with a career as an international artist. An interested character with a great perspective towards approaching life's various challenges.
Episode 17 - Lewis Keeble
Former Judoka Lewis Keeble joins us for a really enjoyable chat reflecting on his time as an international athlete competing for Great Britain, and as a member of the Royal Air Force. Lewis talks really openly about struggles with identity, confidence and belonging after leaving sport and shares some funny stories along the way.
Episode 16 - Gemma Burton (née Gibbons)
This week we are joined by Gemma Burton. Gemma won a silver medal in Judo at the 2012 Olympic Games, along with a host of other medals including a historic Bronze at the Tokyo Grand Slam. She retired from competitive Judo in 2016 to pursue a career in teaching. We talk about the highs and lows of her career and what matters most to her as a person. A really great conversation with lots to reflect on for anyone involved in sport.
Episode 15 - Jim Warren
We are joined by Judoka / Actor / Film Director Jim Warren. Jim is a real individual who lived bis Judo career exactly the way that he wanted it and takes that approach to everything he does. A fantastic Judoka with some serious wins for GBR at 66kg, he talks about his time training abroad with Kenamju, his two Olympic campaigns that ended just short of making the team and his move in to fashion, acting and the film industry. A really interesting person and a conversation not to be missed.
Absolutely loving these podcasts. The humour. The stories. Nice to hear Britain’s modern judo voices tell their tales. Thank you.
Funny and insightful