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11 October, 2022


Sally Gunnell - Reaching the pinnacle

Sally Gunnell remains the only woman ever to hold four major track titles concurrently – Olympic, World, European and Commonwealth. She joins Dom on the Outside & Active Podcast to talk through her journey to this pinnacle, alongside life after competing.

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This week on the Outside & Active Podcast, Dominic Brown is joined by Sally Gunnell 

Sally Gunnell OBE; the Essex Girl who captured the hearts of a nation. She remains the only woman ever to hold four major track titles concurrently – Olympic, World, European and Commonwealth. Sally’s rise to the pinnacle of her sport was hard won. She blew the chance to be World Champion in 1991, stormed back to win Olympic Gold in 1992 and defied incredible odds to become World Champion in 1993, setting a new World Record in the process. She contended with injuries, athletes that she saw as more naturally gifted and, a relatively modest support infrastructure compared to her peers.

Her success, by her own admission, was down to a firm grip over her own mind and a lot of very hard graft.

Sally’s injuries eventually forced her retirement from elite sport, but she continued to remain in the public eye, thanks to her TV career. She worked for the BBC through the late Nineties and early Noughties, covering athletics events from around the world.

Her passion for health and wellbeing was a key component of her athletics success. She took her knowledge and experience in to the printed word, writing four influential books on the subject.

Today, she mixes keynote speaking and running corporate wellbeing programmes. She is also a high-profile supporter of healthy and active family initiatives in the UK

In this episode of the podcast, we learn about Sally's grit and determination that took her from an active youngster to the most dominant female in her discipline. Sally also chats about her work since leaving professional athletics and her pure passion for health & wellbeing.


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