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We're going to take you into the world of elite sport and give you a real insight in to what it's like to step over the white line and compete against the best. The athletes, the coaches, the support staff.

So who are we? Ellen White is a footballer with Manchester City and England. Ellen's got three world cups to her name and his England's leading all-time goal scorer in that competition.

Richard Whitehead MBE is a double gold winning athlete at the Paralympics, including a memorable day at the London Games in 2012. He's also set the world record for a double leg amputee in the marathon and half marathon.

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Ellen and Richard

Track & Ball with Ellen White and Richard Whitehead Ellen White and Richard Whitehead

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    • 4.9 • 18 Ratings

We're going to take you into the world of elite sport and give you a real insight in to what it's like to step over the white line and compete against the best. The athletes, the coaches, the support staff.

So who are we? Ellen White is a footballer with Manchester City and England. Ellen's got three world cups to her name and his England's leading all-time goal scorer in that competition.

Richard Whitehead MBE is a double gold winning athlete at the Paralympics, including a memorable day at the London Games in 2012. He's also set the world record for a double leg amputee in the marathon and half marathon.

Follow us @trackandballpod and let us know what you think!

Ellen and Richard

    Tom Huddlestone - The Euros, initiation songs and football insight

    Tom Huddlestone - The Euros, initiation songs and football insight

    Tom Huddlestone began his career in the youth set-up at Nottingham Forest before moving on to Derby County, Spurs, Wolves and Hull. A brilliant passer of the ball who made it to the England squads at age group and senior level.
    Tom shares his insights from inside the world of football...from the European Super League to VAR.
    Tom's had a tough year - for the first time every he's not had a club and had to train alone and for a time even stopped watch the game. But he's fired up and getting himself in shape ready for the new season.
    He shares his highlights of 18 years at the top. He made his debut at Derby as a 16 year old and played two full seasons. And made his England debut against Brazil.
    There's lots of chat about his favourite players - those he's played with and against. And his thoughts about the Euros! He finishes, of course, with the quick fire round of questions from Ellen and Richard.
    Ellen White is an England footballer who's played at three World Cups and the 2012 Olympics.
    Richard Whitehead won gold at the Rio and London Paralympics.
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    • 36 min
    David Weir CBE - the mental health challenges from childhood of a 6 x Paralympic gold medal winner

    David Weir CBE - the mental health challenges from childhood of a 6 x Paralympic gold medal winner

    David Weir is one of the Paralympic greats. He won six gold medals at the 2008 and 2012 games as well as an 8 times winner of the London Marathon.
    His ten Paralympic medals have come at a range of distances in his racing chair...from 200m to marathon.
    He talks about his career and some of the tough mental battles he's had and his suicidal thoughts. He's outspoken on the way he feels he was treated by the sports rulers at the last Paralympics.
    Through counselling he discovered he'd been depressed all of his life. He recalls crying as a young boy on a council estate because he wanted to be 'normal' and play football and ride a bike. He never addressed the issues until 2016 and he's now thankful he spoke out and believes he's in the best mental state he's ever been in.
    David retired after Rio in 2016 but he's back and hungry for action in Tokyo this summer.
    The "WeirWolf" has also developed a new way of coaching and set up the Weir Archer Academy to pass on knowledge, experience and enjoyment of sport to the next generation of disabled people.
    Thanks for listening. Track and Ball is presented by England footballer Ellen White and Paralympic sprinter Richard Whitehead
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    And you can see the video version of this and previous podcasts at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCK9j_WfzRU4PdMtd5otWJjQ

    • 40 min
    Bonus: Carl Froch - the winning mentality

    Bonus: Carl Froch - the winning mentality

    In another bonus episode here's Richard talking with Carl Froch MBE, former world champion boxer and one of Britain's finest boxers in the last two decades.
    Carl "The Cobra" had an amazing career with a series of world title fights and a record of 33 wins from 35 bouts including a sell out win over George Groves at Wembley Stadium(in front of 80000 people), his final fight.
    He's now a pundit and poker player as well as a successful businessman, husband and dad.
    Carl takes us behind the scenes on his career - from his professional debut to the world title fights, including his run of 26 wins in a row. And he talks about coming back from his first defeat and what he learnt from it.
    You can see the Youtube version of this podcast here
    https://youtu.be/Km1WgGUzM28
    Track and Ball is presented by Paralympic gold medal winner Richard Whitehead and England footballer Ellen White. Ellen's away for this podcast, on international duty.
    Follow us
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    @marathonchamp
    @ellsbells89

    • 49 min
    Bonus: Holly Bradshaw - working with her backroom team, more coverage for Pole Vault and a fear of spiders!

    Bonus: Holly Bradshaw - working with her backroom team, more coverage for Pole Vault and a fear of spiders!

    Pole Vaulter Holly Bradshaw is an Olympian, a British champion and hoping for a medal at Tokyo.
    Holly's had a challenging few weeks after catching Covid following the European Indoor Championships.
    Today's podcast is presented by Richard Whitehead, Paralympic gold medal winner at London and Rio. Ellen White's away with the England squad so she's not around today.
    Holly talks about her favourite moments, her relationship with her coach and reveals her big fear! Spiders.
    You can see the podcast on Track and Ball's YouTube Channel.
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCK9j_WfzRU4PdMtd5otWJjQ
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    • 35 min
    Alistair Brownlee - the making of the double Olympic champion triathlete

    Alistair Brownlee - the making of the double Olympic champion triathlete

    Alistair Brownlee gives Ellen and Richard a real insight into life as a triathlete. He won gold in Rio and London and has a whole sackful of other medals at World, European and Commonwealth level.
    There's his brutal training schedule, his and his obvious passion for the sport. He talks about the pressures of London 2012, the hell of a bad injury just before the Games and the joy of gold.
    Alistair reveals he's aiming to be in Tokyo and has his sights set on the up and coming qualifying events....but after Tokyo he plans to move in to the much longer distance Ironman events.
    He talks about the High Performance mindset and credits his parents, a teacher, his coaches and his colleagues for getting him to where he is. He says endurance sport is about doing the simple things right over and over again.
    We cover upbringing, training, inspiration, resilience and goals - all the factors needed to make a champion.
    If you like video - here's our Youtube Channel
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCK9j_WfzRU4PdMtd5otWJjQ
    Please give us a follow and get in touch
    @trackandballpod
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    Ellen White is an England football. Richard Whitehead is a double Paralympic gold medal winner

    • 36 min
    Darren Bent - transfers, training and having good mates

    Darren Bent - transfers, training and having good mates

    With us today is former England footballer Darren Bent. Darren first played for Ipswich and went on to sign for Charlton, Spurs, Sunderland, Villa and Derby amongst others. He's now a broadcaster for Talk Sport.
    Darren was an England standard long jumper as a schoolboy - but when he signed for Ipswich at 14 he followed his passion. He tells us how he learnt by watching lots of football on TV with Ian Wright one of his biggest influences.
    Ellen asks him what his first big purchase was when he became a professional - and we get a great answer!
    He reveals his training methods and his big belief in repetition to succeed. And also talks about the loyal friends who've supported him along the way...with the same friends now as when he was a kid.
    We'd love to hear from you - find us @trackandballpod
    Track and Ball is presented by England footballer Ellen White and Paralympic gold medal winner Richard Whitehead.

    • 57 min

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