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Onuora urges UK to spread multi-sport events

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Olympian Anika Onuora said she felt like she was attending a Beyoncé concert when she walked into Birmingham’s Alexander Stadium during the Commonwealth Games.

Following the success of Birmingham 2022, his hometown of Liverpool also made a bid to host the event, said Onuora, who hopes the opportunity to host major multisport events will spread across the UK in the future.

“When I went last night, Alexander Stadium was incredible,” Onuora said on the SportsAid Vault podcast.

“I didn’t realize it either. I had a guy tell me it felt like he was walking into a Beyoncé concert.

“I saw Jessica Ennis Hill and she was like, ‘Yeah, I really want to compete. Look at the crowd. And I’m like, ‘Hmm, not my girl!’ It seemed I’m good, not me

“I loved watching the athletes and being able to have their moment from the side of the audience. doing.

“So it’s important to give other cities across the UK an opportunity. I’d love to see more of that.”

Each episode of the SportsAid Vault Podcast offers listeners a unique insight into the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games.

Hosted by BBC Sport presenter, commentator and reporter Tom Gale, the second series of podcasts is inspired by the Team England Futures programme, delivered by SportAid on behalf of Commonwealth Games England and Sport England, reaching over 1,000 people Talented young athletes and motivated support staff will attend Birmingham 2022.

In the latest episode, Onuora explained how major competitions assign coaches to each team to manage training schedules and ensure all athletes are best prepared for the event.

Onuora recalled how Paula Dunn, a five-time Commonwealth Games medalist and most recently British Athletics team leader, helped her improve her game and set a much needed standard. rice field.

“I learned a lot from her,” explained Onuora. “So learn how to get up at 4:30, 5:00 in the morning and make sure you’re eating properly in time for the event. Learn all of that from Paula.”

Podcast guests also talked about the unsung heroes who helped shape their careers, and Onuora took the podium at all four major events, acknowledging her advice for the advice he offered during her career. Kudos to the psychologist.

“He was great. In fact, I still talk to him to this day,” she explained. “Even after I retired from the sport, he still helps me.

“Whenever I was stressed or anxious or overthinking my performance, he was always there for me.

“He gave me a little clue as to how to manage my race and manage expectations, but also how to go out and perform.”

Commonwealth Games England has appointed SportsAid to lead the development, management and delivery of Team England Futures at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham. For more information on the programme, please visit