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YSPOTY contenders: Jodie Williams Q&A

Jodie Williams
Jodie Williams won gold in the 100m at the World Junior Championships

Sprint sensation Jodie Williams, 16, has never lost over 100m - so not surprisingly, she won gold in this year's World Junior Championships.

Jodie, a nominee for this year's Young Sports Personality of the Year, also secured a silver in the 200m, and that was her first ever defeat over the longer distance!

With a rapid 11.24 seconds, Jodie set the sixth fastest 100m time by a female sprinter in Europe this year and fifth fastest ever by a 16-year-old female.

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 is your biggest ambition in your sport?

My biggest ambition would have to be winning an Olympic 100m final. That's always been my dream since I was a little kid.

Q: What was your first big achievement in your sport?

My first big achievement in my sport at a national level was winning English schools when I was 13. My first major achievement at an international level was winning 100m World Youth Championships in 2009.

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

I would pick Flo-Jo (Florence Griffith-Joyner) when she set the world record. I'd love to get a feel of how fast it really was and to see how far behind I would have been!

Q: Who is your role model and why?

Allyson Felix is my role model. I met her a few months ago and she is absolutely lovely.

She took a similar path as the one I've taken and I feel she is someone I can really look up to as she is currently dominating the sprinting world and knows what it's like to have emerged at a young age.

Usain Bolt
Bolt produced one of the best displays of all time at the 2008 Olympics

Q: What is your best memory from your time in the sport?

My best memory in my sport has to be seeing Usain Bolt breaking the 100m, 200m and relay world records all in one Olympics. It was truly inspirational!

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

My favourite sporting moment of the year has to be Perri Shakes-Drayton gaining a bronze medal at European Championships in the 400m hurdles. It was truly inspirational to watch her and shows perfectly the transition from a junior athlete to a senior one.

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

I have to give up a lot of my social life to be able to fit in training and work.

I can't always go out with my friends as I have training the next day or have work to do as I haven't had time to do it before. It's quite tough and it's a big sacrifice but it's definitely worth it when you get results from your sport.

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

I have no particular main rivals: anyone I compete against on the track is a rival to me!

Q: How many friends do you have on Facebook?

I have 827 friends and 1,448 followers on my fan page!

Q: What is your favourite song of 2010?

What's My Name by Rihanna featuring Drake.



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