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School Reporters interview young athlete ahead of the International Children's Games.

Hamilton College student Ashleigh training to compete at the ICG in Lanarkshire
Hamilton College student Ashleigh training to compete at the ICG in Lanarkshire

Up to 1,500 young people from around 80 cities worldwide are preparing to compete in the International Children's Games in Lanarkshire in August.

School Reporters from Hamilton College interviewed one of the competitors from their school about her preparations.

by Fiona and Freya
From Hamilton College, Lanarkshire

Ashleigh Anderson is in S4 at Hamilton College and she is preparing for the Lanarkshire 2011 International Children's Games in August.

I want to continue to compete at international level and ultimately compete in big competitions like the Olympics
Ashleigh Anderson, Hamilton College

This is the world's biggest youth sporting event with up to 1,500 competitors aged 12 to 15 and it takes place from 3 to 5 August.

Ashleigh will be competing in the long jump, 100m and the relay for Team Lanarkshire.

The whole school is very proud of Ashleigh and we were delighted to interview her and find out more about her.

Q: How often do you train and do you enjoy it?

I train four or five times a week and I really enjoy it.

Q: Who inspires you?

My dad and my coach inspire me. My dad is also a long jump coach. Older athletes also give me encouragement.

Q: Who are your sporting heroes?

Triple-jumper champion Phillips Idowu, Jessica Ennis and Alison Felix are my sporting heroes.

Q: What is your favourite event and why?

My favourite event is the long jump because I like to push and challenge myself to reach my target. I also like the power needed to make the jump and I like jumping into the sand.

Q: How do you prepare before an event?

I prepare by having a good sleep and a good breakfast after being up early! Then I warm up well and get into "the zone" so that I can focus.

Q: When did you decide to start competing?

I decided to start competing after I took part in a school competition in J5 coming first in the 60 metres. My cousin, who is a coach, also encouraged me.

Q: Do you have any hobbies that you do in your spare time?

My hobby is netball and I play for Scotland.

Q: What are your plans for the future?

I want to continue to compete at international level and ultimately compete in big competitions like the Olympics.



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