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2011 YSPOTY winner: Lauren Taylor Q&A

Young golf star Lauren Taylor takes a shot
Young golf star Lauren Taylor won the women's British amateur championship

At 16 years old, Lauren Taylor became one of the youngest-ever winners of the women's British amateur golf championship when she birdied her way to the title in June.

Lauren has recently qualified for the Abu Dhabi Junior Golf Championship, for the second year running. She has previously won silver in the European Girls' Championships, representing England.

And her achievements were recognised in high-profile fashion when she won the 2011 BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year award.

Here are her answers to the questions posed by the School Reporters from Hamble College in Hampshire. And you can find out more about the other nine contenders for the Young Sports Personality of the Year prize here.

Q: If you were an animal, what would you be and why?

A: A lioness - they have a lot of swagger.

Q: If you could have an Olympic or Paralympic ticket for 2012, which event would it be for and why?

A: I would like to see the 100m sprint final and watch Usain Bolt.

Q: What sacrifices have your friends and family had to make for your sporting career?

A: Financially my family have supported me and they give up their time to practise with me and help me get better.

Q: Who has been the most important person to get you where you are today?

A: My dad and my coach, Andy Dunbar, has also been very important in my golfing career.

Former world number one Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods has won 14 major titles

Q: Who was your childhood idol and why?

A: Tiger Woods He's always been my idol because he dominated golf for so long and he's got a lot of fighting spirit.

Q: What would you like to have achieved in 10 years' time?

A: I would like to win a major on the LPGA Tour.

Q: Do you have to have a special diet for your training? If so, what do you miss most when you're on it?

A: No, not really. Golf is not as intense as other sports but I try not to eat rubbish. Occasionally I will eat unhealthy food but I guess that's what most teenagers do!

Q: What has been the best - and the worst - moments of your sporting career so far?

A: The best moment would be chipping in to win the British Ladies' Amateur Championship. I try to forget the worst moment but I would say the worst was in the English Girls' Championship in 2010 when I missed out on winning by one shot, or missing the cut in The Open earlier this year.

Q: When did you first realise you wanted a career in your sport and why?

A: When I first hit a golf ball. Not many people can hit a golf ball the first time and I did and from then on I thought this would be the sport for me.

Q: What is your worst habit?

A: I'm always on my phone!

Taylor wins BBC Young Personality
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