The Olympics outdoors, water safety and a new beach wheelchair scheme

Updated: Sep 5



This pilot episode of On The Outside features Black Girls Hike London Leader Oge Ejizu, handcyclist Neil Russell and LGBQTA swim group leader Eden Elgeti.


Topics covered include the new adventure sports in the Olympics, Becky Meyers having to withdraw from the Paralympics, and controversies around the length of women’s shorts and the Soul Cap for afro hair. We also talk about water safety following 31 deaths in water in the last month, Southern Water dumping sewage and how adaptive wheelchairs can help people access beaches.


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CREDITS:

The panel today was Eden Elgeti, Neil Russell and Oge Ejizu

Produced by Francesca Turauskis

Editing and Transcript by Jack O’Driscoll Corbett

Artwork by Sophie Nolan

Music is Bassbeat by Alex Norton


Special thanks to Sarah Myles from Rise ad Shine, Imriel Morgan from Content Is Queen, Laura Blake, Adam Richardson of Pod Bible and our Patreon Support Crew - Wild For Scotland and Charlie’s Supply Shop.


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New in 2020 Olympic sports participation England


Paris 2024: UK Sport will invest £352m in British sports for 2024 Olympics and Paralympics


Black Swimming Association chair says FINA decision to reject caps for natural hair 'not what inclusion is about'


The Mawem Brothers - Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité


Team USA's Carissa Moore wins first ever Olympic women's surfing gold (I’d watch the little video at the bottom of this!)


Norway's beach handball team fined £1,300 for wearing shorts not bikini bottoms


Becca Meyers: Paralympic athletes need more support at Tokyo Games


Southern Water fined record £90m for deliberately pouring sewage into sea


Drowning Facts | Royal Life Saving Society UK


Here's what you need to be aware of when swimming outdoors in Scotland - and how to stay safe while doing so


Open water: Swimmers urged not to take chances


Fleet of beach wheelchairs rolling out this summer


Life's a beach: Fleetwood Beach Wheelchairs on making Lancastrian sun, sea, and sand accessible again


Rare 'sheep-eating' plant blooms outdoors in Surrey for first time after being planted 10 years ago