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2011 YSPOTY contenders: Lucy Garner Q&A

Team GB cyclist Lucy sprinted to victory at the Road World Championships
Team GB cyclist Lucy sprinted to victory at the 2011 Road World Championships

In September, 17-year-old Lucy Garner won Britain's first gold medal of the 2011 UCI Road World Championships in Copenhagen by sprinting to victory in the Junior Women's road race.

Lucy has regularly competed in Senior British Women's road races this year and was fourth in the Junior Women's Omnium at the European Championships. As well as road racing she is part of the British Cycling track team.

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: I think it would have to be an owl, just because they can turn their heads all the way round and I feel sometimes in races I could really do with seeing what's going on behind me and when attacks are going to happen!

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 go and watch Wheelchair Basketball as I watched a display at the BBC East Midlands Sports Personality of the Year show and thought it was amazing, so fast and exciting!

Q: How do you balance the usual life of a teenager with being a high achiever in sport?

A: It's not easy but I have great support from my school and also from parents and friends and they are always willing to give up their time to help me. Being in my first year of AS Levels has been tough especially because the World Championships were when I was first due back at college.

I try to get all my work done in my free periods at college and then I can do my training when I get home or in the morning before college.

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

A: I've always ridden my bike from a very young age, whether it be messing about in the garden or racing some of the guys down at the park, but I think it's when you see people who have trained so hard and got a lot out of it that makes me really want to push myself to be like them.

Victoria Pendleton
Pendleton has been one of the dominant forces in women's cycling

Q: Who was your childhood idol and why?

A: I always wanted to be like Victoria Pendleton just because of the sheer speed on the track.

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

A: I would love to have raced more World Championships and an Olympics would be amazing. I would like to have become a professional and to be living abroad and travelling around the world enjoying racing but also would like to win some major titles like the Worlds and Europeans.

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: I wouldn't say that I have a set diet but I do try my best to keep my meals as healthy as possible. It's always good to treat yourself once in a while and for me it's got to be chocolate!

Q: If you were not an athlete, what career would you like to pursue?

A: Tough question! I think because I am quite arty I'd like to run my own business painting nails as that is what I seem to do in most of my spare time.

Q: What music do you listen when you train?

A: I listen to a lot of remixes and Clubland just because I get quite nervous before racing and this music helps me block everything out that is going on around me and get "in the 'zone".

Q: What is your worst habit?

A: It has to be yawning on the start line. It is never because I'm tired but I always have comments about it, apparently it is all to do with nerves. It's just a thing I have always done but it is quite obvious!

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