'Amazing Starts Here' podcast is back for Season Two with Sam Quek as the new host
14th September 2023
Olympic champion Sam Quek going for gold with new series of award-winning National Lottery podcast – Amazing Starts Here.
Amazing Starts Here will feature the stories of ordinary people who do extraordinary things with the help of National Lottery funding including some medal-laden Olympians and Paralympians.
TV presenter and Olympic gold medalist, Sam Quek is to host the second series of Amazing Starts Here, an award-winning podcast series featuring ordinary people doing extraordinary things with the help of National Lottery funding.
Launching on 20 September 2023, Sam will share the stories of eight remarkable individuals from all walks of like across the UK, including some familiar faces in the form fellow gold medal winning athletes Alex Yee and Libby Clegg.
The Olympic and Paralympic duo will talk about their journeys from grassroots to glory, give an insight into the sacrifices and dedication required to become an elite athlete and share their hopes and dreams for the future.
In addition, expect to hear from the amazing people behind a series of inspirational projects making a huge impact in their communities – like a sustainable arts initiative which grows its own jeans or very special choir of singing mums now be prescribed on the NHS and a courageous teenager overcoming the odds to make his mark on a football pitch.
And what links them all is they have been supported by National Lottery players who raise £30 million for good causes throughout the UK.
Sam Quek said: “Why are a group of singing mums being prescribed on the NHS? How big an issue is mental health among the farming community? And what type of training does an elite athlete do when they are 38 weeks pregnant?
“These are some of questions I will be exploring in the exciting second season of the award-winning podcast Amazing Starts Here by The National Lottery.
“As a former elite athlete, I’ve been fortunate to benefit directly from National Lottery funding and have seen how its helped us bring home medals galore from Olympic and Paralympic games.
“In this series, I will be meeting some impressive people who have been making their mark in all aspects of life across the UK and catching-up with some familiar faces to find out how National Lottery support has empowered them to turn their dreams into reality.
“I hope you can join me to find out where the amazing starts”
Jonathan Tuchner, from The National Lottery, added: “Thanks to National Lottery players, more than £30 million is raised for good causes throughout the UK every single week.
“National Lottery players should be extremely proud to have supported the fantastic people and their projects who feature in Amazing Starts Here.
“These are just a snapshot of the life-changing activities taking place every day in all corners of the UK supported by The National Lottery.”
Amazing Starts Here is produced by the multi-award-winning podcast production company, Listen. Director of Content from Listen, Darby Dorras, added “we’ve loved working so closely with Sam and the National Lottery team to bring to life truly remarkable and insightful stories which are a properly life-affirming must-listen.”
The previous series of Amazing Starts Here presented by TV star and activist Amber Rose-Gill picked up a Silver in the Best Use of Celebrity category at the 2023 Corporate Content Awards and was highly recommended in the Best Use of Audio or Podcast category.
Notes to editors
The majority (70%) of National Lottery grants are for £10,000 or less, helping small projects make a big difference in their community!
Since The National Lottery began in 1994 it has made more than 6,800 millionaires but its primary purpose is giving to good causes. National Lottery players have raised over £47 billion for projects and over 670,000 grants have been awarded across the UK, that’s the equivalent of 240 projects per postcode area