Grace Harrison: 'It felt like the end of the world stopping gymnastics'


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Isle of Man gymnast Grace Harrison had a well-thought-out plan after her historic achievements at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games. But that plan didn’t pan out as expected. Instead it ended in retirement at the age of 23. In 2014, Harrison became the first Manx female gymnast to make it to a Commonwealth Games final at the age of 19. Following that piece of history, she immediately targeted the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games as her next big goal. Injuries, however, dismantled that dream and threw a curveball in the direction of the gymnast. It was something the Mintridge Foundation ambassador struggled to come to terms with but, incredibly, it was a serious bout of illness – namely Sepsis – that set her on the road to recovery. In this episode the former gymnast takes us through that historic achievement as well as her struggle to come to terms with her retirement. She also tells us all about that battle with sepsis, how it shaped her life and what her identity is today. Messages Donate to Alasdair's fundraising page for the Big Vitality Half here: Find our more about SuperPod 2020 here: Follow us on Twitter - Like us on Facebook - Follow us on Instagram - Get in touch: Visit our website: Credits A special thank you to The Mintridge Foundation for helping us secure this interview Image credits: With thanks to The Mintridge Foundation Music: Otis McDonald

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