An Irishman Abroad

David Gillick: Episode 347

April 4, 2020
This week, Jarlath is joined by former Track and Field European Champion, Olympian, Author and Masterchef, David Gillick.
In this exceptionally enjoyable conversation, David opens up to Jarlath about his battle adapting to life after sport when his career was suddenly pulled from under him through injury.
With an honesty he has become renowned for, David speaks about his struggles with rage (14:00) before telling us about his fight against comfort eating in great detail (31:00).
Recorded just days before the announcement of the Olympics being postponed, David gives a concise breakdown of the true impact that this will have on the athletes affected  (54:00) while also speaking about the blurred lines between money and success  (54:00).
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