Recovery stories in the face of adversity
Inspiring individuals from a variety of sports, who have suffered life changing injuries and set backs, share their stories of bravery, courage and determination.
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Natalie Pinkham speaks to remarkable youngster Billy Monger, to discuss the British racing driver’s near fatal accident in 2017, which resulted in him losing both legs. Less than a year later, Billy made an unexpected return to racing, securing a podium place on his unbelievable debut in British F3. Here him candidly discuss the horrific accident, his ongoing recovery, his friendship with Lewis Hamilton and becoming a role model. 1hr 2 mins
See the Xtra section to listen to him share life experiences with Alex Zanardi.Play
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Richard Whitehead, MBE, is the double Paralympic champion, winning gold in the 200m at both London 2012 and Rio 2016. He also brought home a 100m silver from Rio. He also set the world record in a half marathon and full marathon. He discusses how adversity allows you to grow and how he overcomes obstacles and challenges through a positive mindset and thought process. The Master of Mindset, Born With No Legs. Take Flight podcast.Play
The Shakeout Podcast, The “Vulnerability” Episode with Adam Campbell. In 2016 Adam took a 200′ fall in the Canadian Rockies, breaking his pelvis, as well as multiple vertebrae in his spine. Here Adam discusses how his near death experience changed his perspective on life.
Alessandro Zanardi was a Formula One, Italian racing driver. He attracted widespread praise for his return to competition in the aftermath of a crash in 2001 that resulted in the amputation of his legs. He returned to racing less than two years after the accident, competing in the FIA World Touring Car Championship between 2003 and 2009. Switching sports, Zanardi took up competition in handcycling, a form of Paralympic cycling, in September 2012 he won gold medals at the London Paralympics.
See the Xtra section to listen to him share life experiences with Billy Monger.
Frank Buckley interviews professional surfer and shark attack survivor Bethany Hamilton. Her life is the subject of the film “Unstoppable”.Watch
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Cross-country skier Janine Shepherd hoped for an Olympic medal, until she was hit by a truck during a training bike ride. She shares a powerful story about the human potential for recovery. Her message: you are not your body, and giving up old dreams can allow new ones to soar.Watch
Research suggests that the ability to persevere and overcome setbacks is a key component in helping Olympic champions achieve their goals. But is it something that can be taught?Read Article
From intensive care to 30 marathons in 30 days. Smith’s message is to live now with no excuses.
Human Endeavour: When Billy Monger met Alex Zanardi
This is an inspirational meeting of two racing drivers who face adversity head on as Billy Monger travels to Rome to meet his inspiration and Italian legend Alex Zanardi. A truly personal meeting where the veteran and young man share life experiences: talk candidly about the events that changed their lives; the adversity they have overcome and their mental and physical journeys: the operations and the treatments; the present and the future. BBC 5 Live Sports Special Podcast.Listen here