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YSPOTY contenders: Emma Saunders Q&A

Emma Saunders
Emma Saunders won silver and bronze medals in the freestyle relays at the Commonwealth Games

At just 16 years old, Emma Saunders was the youngest member of the England swimming team at the Commonwealth Games.

Emma, a nominee for this year's Young Sports Personality of the Year, swam alongside the likes of Rebecca Adlington to secure a silver medal in the 4x100m freestyle relay and bronze in the 4x200m freestyle relay.

She also won the gold in the 50m backstroke at the European Junior Championships in Helsinki and collected silvers in three relay events.

Here are her answers to the questions posed by the School Reporters from St John Wall Catholic School in Handsworth, Birmingham. And you can find out more about the other nine contenders for the Young Sports Personality of the Year prize here.

Q: What inspired you to start playing your sport?

My brother Alex, who is two years older, was a member of our local swim club Horwich and I really wanted to do the same.

Q: What is your biggest ambition in your sport?

At the moment it has to be qualifying for and medalling at the Olympic Games in 2012.

Q: What is your best memory from your time playing your sport?

Having the national anthem playing for me for the first time after winning the 50m backstroke in Helsinki with a new European record and British age group record.

Q: What do you do to unwind and relax away from sport?

Either catching up on my favourite soaps, meeting up with friends or just going on my laptop.

Steve Parry
Parry has continued to be a fine ambassador for swimming

Q: Who is your role model and why?

It has to be Steve Parry who was such a high achiever being a Olympic medallist and since leaving the sport has promoted swimming to all ages and levels and encouraging others.

I was lucky enough to be involved with him at the Swimtastic Awards he hosted recently.

Q: Apart from your own success, what has been your favourite sporting moment of the year?

In June, when the longest tennis match ever played took place between John Isner and Nicolas Mahut at Wimbledon.

Q: Who would you pick to compete against if you could choose anyone who has ever played your sport?

Frederica Pellegrini. She's the world record holder at the moment on 200m freestyle which is my favourite event.

Q: What kind of sacrifices have you had to make to get to where you are?

Having to give up other sports such as tennis, netball and lacrosse which I played at county level.

Q: Who are your best friends and/or main rivals in your sport?

My best friends are Victoria Garlick, Georgia Taylor-Brown and Emma Smithurst and my main rivals are anyone competing in 100m and 200m freestyle!

Q: What is your favourite song of 2010?

For the First Time by The Script.

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