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The world of sport is fiercely competitive; nanoseconds separate gold medallists from silver, single goals separate winners from losers, and individual catches separate tears from celebration. Yet behind even the most daring athletes, Olympic champions and international sportspeople lies a heart-warming person with an inspirational success story of immense pride and sacrifice. 

Join us every Wednesday at 7pm as our guests take you through their own inspiring journey. Many can dream, but few can make it. What does it really take?

The Armago Podcast Mark Bushby

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The world of sport is fiercely competitive; nanoseconds separate gold medallists from silver, single goals separate winners from losers, and individual catches separate tears from celebration. Yet behind even the most daring athletes, Olympic champions and international sportspeople lies a heart-warming person with an inspirational success story of immense pride and sacrifice. 

Join us every Wednesday at 7pm as our guests take you through their own inspiring journey. Many can dream, but few can make it. What does it really take?

    Adam Burgess: How to step back to take a leap forward

    Adam Burgess: How to step back to take a leap forward

    Adam Burgess is a British Canoe athlete who specialises in slalom.

    First introduced to the sport through the Scouts. It wasn't until 2012 when he was part of the Team GB's Ambition Programme in 2012 that he really took to the sport.

    In 2015 Adam broke onto the scene becoming Great Britain’s first-ever U23 World Champion in C1 and was a finalist at the senior World Championships.

    After such an incredible few years on the water, fast forward to 2021 and Adam comes just 0.16 seconds away from winning an olympic medal.

    In this episode, Adam gives us a huge insight into his training and how he learns to adapt through perspectives, and why they matter so much if you want to succeed. A big part of this episode is also about recovery: "You can't out-train rivals but what you can do is out recover them." 

    • 50 min
    Ed Jackson: Discovering mental resilience in your journey to success

    Ed Jackson: Discovering mental resilience in your journey to success

    Ed was on track, like many of the athletes we’ve had on here, to become a very successful rugby player. Playing England age grade and premiership clubs Bath, Wasps and Newport dragons .



    But in 2017, something happened to Ed which would change his life forever.



    Whilst at a BBQ, Ed dived into a pool, knocking his head in the process and ended up paralysed and in hospital.



    Told he might never walk again, Ed proved that it’s your mindset that can truly define you.



    Ed has gone on to defy the odds: climbing mountains such as the 10,000ft Mount Buet in the alps, raising funds for charity and becoming a times 'best selling author.



    In this episode Ed talks about mental toughness and resilience to overcome challenges. He also talks about creating opportunities to push yourself when you're down and never giving up.



    This is a story of a man choosing not to give up, choosing to work even harder and give everything his best shot.



    Host: Angus Strudwick 

    Edits: Angus Strudwick 

    Music: David Simkins

    • 41 min
    Tom Daley’s Coach on the power of finding your inner motivation | Jane Figueiredo

    Tom Daley’s Coach on the power of finding your inner motivation | Jane Figueiredo

    Jane Figueiredo is a former diving Olympian having dove in the Portugal 1984 Olympics. Jane was recruited to dive at the University of Houston where her coaching career began. In 1996 she coached the GB at the Olympic games. Following this, between 2000 and 2012 she coached the Russian Olympic Team, taking two of the Olympians to Olympic Gold, before returning back to the UK in 2013 where she began working with Tom Daly. 



    Jane now coaches at the London Aquatics Centre and has recently coached Tom Daly and Matty Lee to Gold at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. 



    In this episode, Jane gives us an insight into British diving and the different techniques she used to help athletes from different backgrounds and cultures to become the best of the best.



    Host: Mark Bushby 

    Edits: Angus Strudwick 

    Music: David Simkins

    • 41 min
    Rebecca Adlington OBE: Finding the purpose in your journey

    Rebecca Adlington OBE: Finding the purpose in your journey

    Rebecca Adlington OBE is a British former Olympic swimmer. She won two gold medals in the 2008 Olympics where she broke a 19 year-old record in the final. In the 2012 Olympic Games she won a further two Bronze medals.



    After retirement, Rebecca has founded swim stars programe which focuses on giving kids ages 3-11 exposure to the water. The motto of the 2012 Olympics was to ‘inspire a generation‘, a legacy which inspired her to do exactly that. She is also an ambassador for Woman in Sport.



    Host: Mark Bushby

    Edits: Angus Strudwick 

    Music: David Simkins

    • 40 min
    Max Whitlock Coach Scott Denny Hann MBE: Lessons on communication and emotional intelligence

    Max Whitlock Coach Scott Denny Hann MBE: Lessons on communication and emotional intelligence

    Scott Denny Hann is an English gymnastics coach and currently the director of Gymnastics in the South Essex coaching club. Most noticeably, he is the coach to 6 time Olympic medalist Max Whitlock who has competed in three Olympics, including the recently games in Tokyo. Scott was awarded an MBE for his hard work and efforts after the London 2012 Olympics.

    Scott speaks very honesty. In this episode he provides a lot of inspiration and advice as a highly successful coach within areas such as development within sport, techniques for improvement and how to succeed in the sport itself.



    Host: Mark Bushby

    Editor: Angus Strudwick

    Music: David Simkins

    • 40 min
    Anthony Watson: Why Perspective matters

    Anthony Watson: Why Perspective matters

    Anthony Watson is a current Bath and England Rugby union player. Anthony was just 19 when he was first called into the England squad and since then has been a huge part of the England set-up. He was a vital part of the 2019 squad that reached the final of the rugby world cup against South Africa. Anthony toured with the British & Irish Lions in 2017 and 2021, playing tests in both years.



    ✅ Adapting to cultures 

    ✅ Seizing opportunities

    ✅ Overcoming hurdles 



    Host: Mark Bushby

    Graphics: Eleanor Trotman

    Edits: Angus Strudwick

    Music: David Simkins

    • 29 min

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