Alasdair Hooper hosts this episode of SportSpiel with guest Emily Borthwick.
The high jumper had quite the debut for Team GB as she starred at the European Indoor championships back in March this year.
She recorded a four-centimetre personal best of 1.91 to qualify for the high jump final and finish eight in Europe.
But at the heart of that insane result – combined with the hard work and the determination – was the mental side of the game.
As Emily puts it in this episode it was the decision to just be good.
Prior to her third attempt at the Indoors her coach Fuzz Caan told her to ‘change her emotion, not her technique.’
That emphasised just how much the performance was down to the mental side – and it all clicked into place.
On this podcast Emily takes us through that performance, and how everything mentally is now clicking into gear after years of just missing out and ‘holding herself back’.
She also tells us what her aims are for the future and also her role with Totally Runable, a vitally important project which helps schools close their Gender Sport Gap.
From mental health, to body image, to social media image, there’s a lot that goes into increasing the sport participation levels for young girls.
Listen to the podcast below
Interview: Alasdair Hooper
Image Credit: Sam Barnes
All music in this episode is courtesy of Otis McDonald