Sporting hero Denise Lewis OBE talks to UKMums.TV
She’s fresh from commentating on the Olympics in Rio, now former heptathlete Denise Lewis OBE is enjoying the other side of the TV screen, as a spectator of the Paralympics! In our exclusive interview with the sporting legend, the busy mum explains why we should all be getting behind the disabled athletes.
The Paralympics got off to a challenging start amid concerns about attendance. “It’s been difficult with ticket sales in Rio,” says the retired athlete who won gold at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, “and the least we can do back here is give these wonderful Paralympians as much support as we can by watching the Games on TV in the early hours if we have to. They really do deserve our support.”
The glamorous 44-year-old juggles work, fitness and family. With three young children at home, Lauryn, 14, Ryan, 10, and Kane, seven, it can’t be easy. When asked how she does it, she says: “Sometimes I don’t really know how. You’ve got to be prepared to ask for help, be incredibly organised and you have to have support around you. You have to come to terms with the fact that you can’t do everything.”
Among her Olympic highlights from Rio, Denise talks of her respect for Sophie Hitchon who won Team GB’s first ever medal, a bronze, in the women’s hammer, and hails Mo Farah as “the best athlete in the world” after successfully defended his titles to come home with two golds. Her particular admiration goes to heptathlete Jessica Ennis-Hill who won silver after returning to the sport following the birth of her son, an experience she can relate to. “It’s great for women to see that you don’t have to choose between athletics and motherhood,” says Denise. “When I became a mum the landscape was very different, I felt like I was the only one doing that.”
Denise is supporting the Weetabix Summer of Sports campaign which sees every customer receive a free sports session and the chance to collect a top tier sporting reward. For more information visit www.weetabixsport.co.uk/ and check Denise out in this video: