I spoke with Tim Gallagher, one of my friends from my Leeds Beckett Sport Science course, about my introduction to diving, the highs and the lows of competition and my experience of the ultimate competition for an athlete, the Olympic games.
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Leon grew up in the streets and in the gang culture of London. He has been stabbed multiple times, but with the help of the Prince's Trust, he managed to remove himself from that way of life and onto a positive path. He has a message of love, to all people. Here he tells me what the BLM Movement means to him and how he can help to be a part of the solution.
Paola is a journalist in Mexico, and is an advocate for more representation of the country in the global media. There are millions of black Mexicans who are suffering the same fate of oppression as black Americans and black Britons, but they are stories we never hear about! Here she tells me what the BLM Movement means to her and how she can help to be a part of the solution.
Politics graduate Katie Bevan has really had to go out of her way to learn about black history in the UK, those lessons are not easily accessible in the normal path of society. Here she tells me what the BLM Movement means to her and how she can help to be a part of the solution.
Aliyah is a member of BLMUK, the fundraiser I donated to last week. I wanted to find out some more information on who BLMUK are and what they are going to do with the near £1,000,000 they have raised! Here she tells me what the BLM Movement means to her and how she can help to be a part of the solution.
British Olympic Diver Tom Daley invited me for a conversation about my experiences as a black diver, but we also spoke about his understanding of discrimination and experiences of homophobia. Here he tells me what the BLM Movement means to him and how he can help to be a part of the solution.
Korri Lenney attended a peaceful protest at the weekend and was emotionally struck by her experience there. Here she tells me what the BLM Movement means to her and how she can help to be a part of the solution.
Social entrepreneur Nathaniel Peat has worked in prisons through his organisation The Safety Box to help combat gang culture and knife crime, as well as so many other things. Here he tells me what the BLM Movement means to him and how he can help to be a part of the solution.
Diver Salim Lemond has been far removed from the COVID crisis in his home city of NYC, which has disproportionately affected African Americans, but that situation and the protests have not escaped his mind. Here he tells me what the BLM Movement means to him and how he can help to be a part of the solution.
Gymnast Reiss Beckford is from North London but moved away to chase his gymnastics dream, in which his role model happened to be one of few black gymnasts. Here he tells me what the BLM Movement means to him and how he can help to be a part of the solution.
Comedian White Yardie was unaware of racial inequality until he moved to the UK from Jamaica at 18. Here he tells me what the BLM Movement means to him and how he can help to be a part of the solution.
Business owner Chantelle has was assisted by the Prince's Trust when there was very little help for her elsewhere, now she wants to be able to assist her daughter through life in the same way. Here she tells me what the BLM Movement means to her and how she can help to be a part of the solution.
Sophie works nights in retail but has been overwhelmed by all of the information she has been seeing on social media. Here she tells me what the BLM Movement means to her and how she can help to be a part of the solution.
Antigua and Barbuda High Jumper Priscilla Loomis talks to me about the impact COVID-19 has had on her year and career! We also briefly discussed our perspectives on the current protests we are witnessing all over the world.
Does Michael Jordan inspire me? His abilities are unrealistic but I am also pursuing success so I guess he does, but it is important to manage your expectations and don't copy those who inspire you...carve your own path to success.
My Commonwealth and Pan Am Games Chef de Mission Dalton Myers spoke with me about my journey as an international diver, the success of competing at the 2016 Rio Olympic followed by the disappointment of not medalling in the 2018 Commonwealth Games and the changes made following the Games.
I got killed off by a CrossFit Workout this week, but after an initial hatred for it I then developed an understanding and level of respect for the CrossFit movement and what it's doing for people! Also FOOTBALL IS BACK!!
It's my 25th birthday coming up on Tuesday May 12th! A quarter of a century on this planet has been full of exciting times, but this is just the beginning for me, so much more to come and so much more to be done!
Success is certainly attributed to levels of talent and physical ability, but what matters the most is the endurance of your mentality towards hard work and perseverance. This is especially important when all of our goals and objectives have been delayed for an unknown period of time.
With the Diving World Cup not going ahead this week as it was supposed to, it got me reminiscing and reflecting on the qualifying day for Rio 2016! I've definitely improved since then, so I should definitely back myself more in the future...I can do it!
2 Years ago this week, the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games were in full swing and I was super excited for my chance to compete, but it really did not go as planned, and that was a catalyst for big changes in my life and diving career.
Athlete's around the World are facing uncertain and unprecedented times with the cancellation of hundreds of sporting events due to the Coronavirus! What happens next? We have no idea...this is my perspective.
Absolutely binge watched the new season of Drive To Survive on Netflix, got me all excited for the 2020 F1 Season starting soon in Melbourne...Team LH for World Title no.7! Similar, survival is the name of the game for me this week at training, it's gonna be tough.
I finally competed in Rostock after 8 years of trying to avoid it, but it wasn't as rough as I thought it'd be! However back-to-back competitions are a real challenge that I'm not very used to. Also had some awesome discussions with my friends out there!
Last night I missed my first Super Bowl since 2012, but I've had a decent list of exciting games over the last 8 years. Hopefully one day I'll get to go see one live. Also we played a fun game in training which couldn't have gone worse for me!!!
Some people you consider invincible...Kobe Bryant is one of those, but unfortunately even his time on this Earth has come to an end. Here's my tribute to Kobe in the form of a modified version of the poem he wrote named Dear Basketball. Before this sad news, we had an exciting week at nationals in Plymouth. If you like the poem please let me know!
The Commentators share their views on a video posted on social media with myself speaking to a group of high school girls. I was criticised on social media for speaking to the young ladies while wearing only Swim Trunks.
The Commentators argued I did nothing wrong while assessing how well I dealt with the situation from a public relations standpoint.
It was looking very unlikely but I've been able to organise flights to and from Jamaica this week for the RJR Gleaner Sports Awards!! Missing 4 days of training just before nationals but it will be worth it to visit the island and see some of my Jamaican people!
2020 is here! I hope everyone enjoyed their New Year celebrations, but now we're finally back to our normal routine, and it's time to GO! Lot's to be done this year and hopefully way more to come from this podcast.
I've got to be honest, going into 2020 I am super confident in myself but I'm nervous about the year ahead! It's been a lovely period of time over Christmas with old friends, but now I'm ready to kick off what certainly will be a rollercoaster of a year!
I apologise about my voice in this one, I've been struck by illness! I had a massive week in Sheffield last week, a elbow incident during a game of matball and lastly, I hope you all have a very enjoyable Christmas! I'll see you on the other side.
My Dad won an award for business! I unfortunately missed the ceremony after one of the longest and most challenging weeks of my life, but I just about made it through still standing, because I actually enjoyed everything I did!
Kevin Hart is one of my most favourite people on the planet, but he had a scary accident earlier this year which he's recovering from. He posted a very poignant message about the reality check he's been given that really resonated with me, so I wanted to share it with you too.
She isn't an actual athlete, but she completed a huge athletic feat, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro! Esther shares the highs and lows from her climb in a story that every athlete can relate to in one way or another.
I was nominated for both the International Impact and the Sport awards at the 2019 Legacy awards, which celebrates diversity and the unsung heroes of Leeds! Listen to find out if I won anything! Also, for those who are fans of The Chase, I got a message from the Dark Destroyer for my friend!
The odds of just becoming a human are thought to be 400 trillion to 1. My odds must have been even higher than that considering the journey's my parents went on before they met and then welcomed me into the world. This is just an insight.
Injuries are unfortunately a big part of sport, but with a positive mindset, patience and discipline, injuries can be overcome. Nile and I have both been through some difficult times, but we have come out on the other side as better athletes. Hear what we've been through and how we managed it right here on The Athlete's Voice!
Out of the hundreds of thousands of kids who do gymnastics/diving, how were we so “lucky” to have had the opportunity to perform of the biggest sporting stage there is? It’s all about the love and enjoyment of the process.
Our journey's through education could not be more opposite, however Nile and I hold a similar opinion on the value of education and how we feel about the pathway that society wants to take. We also discuss how we were able to balance our studies alongside our intense training schedules.
Only a minute proportion of the global population have the honour of calling themselves an Olympic Champion. From the spectators point of view, it is a glorious and life changing moment. But how does it actually feel to reach the pinnacle of sporting dreams? Chris told me his story post Rio 2016