Mona McSharry’s Olympic story began in the public 25-metre pool in Ballyshannon, fighting for space to swim with pensioners, young lads throwing a ball around, and school kids. From there she’s gotten all the way to this morning’s Olympic final, and as we speak today to Grace Meade, her coach in Ballyshannon, it’s clear Mona has even bigger plans for Paris 2024.

Grace tells us about what set Mona apart as a kid, why life outside the pool was important too, and the pride the entire North-West has in our new Olympic hero.

©INPHO

Plus there’s a brilliant email about Bermuda’s first ever Olympic gold medal from a World Service member on the ground there, Argentinian rugby 7s heroics, Gillick TV, and our own rugby 7s team’s heart-ache at a major chance lost.

©INPHO/James Crombie

Click the image at the top of the page to play the show. Monday’s shows are free to all and to listen to our programming throughout the rest of the week, join the Second Captains World Service. It’s independent, commercial-free and member-led with feature interviews, breaking news, Richie Sadlier’s Player’s Chair, The Politics Podcast and lots of added extras. You’ll also be supporting the development of our longer-form work, like our recent international series  ‘Where Is George Gibney?’.

Go to Patreon

CHECK OUT OUR UPCOMING LIVE SHOWS & GET TICKETS WHEREVER YOU ARE.

SHOW DATES HERE

BECOME A SECOND CAPTAINS WORLD SERVICE MEMBER TO GET COMPLETE ACCESS TO ALL SHOWS. THE GANG'S ALL HERE.

JOIN US