The Off the Ropes Podcast

The Off the Ropes podcast is a weekly show bringing you some of the World's most inspiring individuals, but not just those who have achieved enormous success, specifically those who have endured hardship and adversity and overcame their challenges. Plus, interviews with experts in the fields of neuroscience, nutrition, health, fitness and personal development, extracting their wisdom on how to optimise your performance, fulfil your potential and learn how to get your life 'off the ropes'.
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Aug 5, 2016

Did you know what you wanted to do with your life when you were 13? Tanni Grey-Thompson certainly did; and her dream took her to 5 Paralympic Games, winning 16 medals, 11 of them gold. Tanni’s incredible determination and competitiveness also resulted in 30 world records and winning the London wheelchair marathon 6 times. Since retiring from competitive sport, Tanni has become a broadcaster, campaigner, motivational speaker and now resides in the House of Lords as a cross-bench peer championing disability rights, welfare reform and, of course, sport!

Subjects Tanni Discusses:

  • How Spina Bifida didn’t prevent Tanni from pursuing an active and sporting lifestyle.
  • How it felt to make selection for her first Paralympic Games at Seoul 1988, age 19.
  • Why Tanni favoured the 400m wheelchair race.
  • How she managed fear and doubt at the start line.
  • Managing others’ expectations.
  • How sport can garner greater resilience.
  • How Tanni adjusted to life following retirement from sport.
  • How Paralympic success transfers to life in politics.
  • Why we’re a nation of sport spectators, not participants. And what that means for society.
  • The legacy of London 2012.
  • What policy would Tanni implement in primary schools if she could.
  • What’s driving Tanni now.