Ep. 23: Pushing Past Doubters with Multi-Sport Paralympic Athlete James Owen Roberts

Who doesn’t love the Olympic and Paralympic Games? The competitions themselves are thrilling, but one of the best parts is the stories of what it took for athletes to get there in the first place. In this episode, you get a behind-the-scenes look at the highs and lows of the life of 2-time, Multi-Sport Paralympic Athlete James Owen Roberts, who was born with a disability called femoral dysplasia. He competed for Great Britain at the 2008 Paralympics in Beijing in adaptive rowing and at the 2012 Paralympics in London in sitting volleyball.

You’ll hear:

  • About his early life in Belgium with both parents in the military
  • How he developed the grit to compete with able-bodied swimmers and turn his disability into an asset 
  • What it takes to compete at the top level of Paralympic sports and how to navigate doubters, set-backs, and rejection
  • The emotions that come with watching the Olympics and Paralympics after you’ve retired
  • James’ advice as a personal trainer on what you need in order to overcome self-doubt and reach your goals

*Plus, you’ll hear Jeff’s top 5 list of the things he loves most about the Olympic Games.

Learn more about James and his coaching business HERE
Listen to James’ podcast, The Mindset Athlete Podcast HERE
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