Team England Futures....are the Friendly Games really all that friendly?!

The SportsAid Vault

13-06-2022 • 53 mins

Paula Dunn MBE and Kadeena Cox OBE are the latest guests to join us on the SportsAid Vault Podcast! The podcast, produced by Hogarth Worldwide and Gramercy Park Studios, recently returned for a second series and is being brought to you in association with Commonwealth Games England and the Team England Futures programme. Episode two is themed ‘The Friendly Games’ and sees Paula and Kadeena discussing diversity and inclusivity, able-bodied and para athletes competing together, getting the opportunity to meet people from nations all over the world, how the Commonwealth Games can act as an eye opener for other championships....and whether the Friendly Games really are all that friendly! Paula was one of Britain’s best sprinters of the 1980s and 1990s - representing her country at Olympic, World and European level in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay. She also competed for Team England across three Commonwealth Games - Edinburgh, Auckland and Victoria - where she won five medals - one gold, two silver and two bronze. Since retiring, Paula has worked for UK Athletics for over 20 years – most notably as Head Coach for the British Athletics Paralympic Programme and now Team Leader for the Olympic Programme. Paula is a real trailblazer having become the first woman – and the first black person - to become a Head Coach at British Athletics with her appointment following London 2012. Kadeena is a record breaking, four-time Paralympic gold medallist – competing in T38 para athletics sprint events and C4 para cycling. She competed for Great Britain at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games where she became the first British Paralympian to win medals in two different sports for 32 years. She has won multiple medals at World Championships in para athletics - across 100m, 200m, 400m and the 4x100m relay - and para cycling – in the 500m time trial. Kadeena is a true inspiration who’s aiming to compete in her first Commonwealth Games in Birmingham this summer after missing out on the Gold Coast four years ago due to injury. The second series of the podcast, hosted by Tom Gayle, BBC sports presenter, commentator and reporter, is inspired by Team England Futures. The programme, which is being delivered by SportsAid on behalf of Commonwealth Games England and Sport England, will see over 1,000 talented young athletes and aspiring support staff attending Birmingham 2022. The programme aims to give the next generation of athletes a first-hand look behind-the-scenes.…experiencing a major Games in the flesh and better preparing them for future multi-sport competitions. It also plans to help aspiring support staff understand what opportunities they could be presented with at a major Games….as well as the challenges they may face.

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