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"It's just sport and controlling the pandemic is more important" - GB Gold medal winner and E.D Doctor, Tim Brabants
Episode 362nd March 2021 • Destination Tokyo • Mark Shardlow
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He left the UK just in time to enjoy the freedoms of New Zealand during the pandemic. Tim Brabants is a doctor, specialising in Accident and Emergency, and a record-breaking canoeist.

Tim was GB's first ever gold medal winner in any canoe discipline when he came first in Beijing in Canoe Sprint.

He's now coaching with the Olympic Squad in NZ and although life is fairly normal over there - pubs, restaurants, shops are all open with limited changes - there are downsides. Teams haven't been able to leave the country to travel to international events.

Tim takes a very pragmatic position. "It's just sport" and controlling the pandemic is far more important. And Tim knows what his hospital colleagues in the UK and NZ are going through.

Tim competed in four Olympic Games(sorry Tim, I forgot London!) and has two bronze medals as well as his gold.

Here's the link to my Just Giving page if you'd like to donate to the cancer charity, Maggie's.