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2011 YSPOTY contenders: Pat McCormack Q&A

Young boxer Pat McCormack
Boxer Pat McCormack was crowned World Junior Champion earlier this year

Flyweight boxer Pat McCormack completed an impressive international double earlier this year as he was crowned world junior champion and claimed European gold.

Pat became the first ever world champion for his boxing club, Birtley and the 15-year-old is from a boxing family as his twin brother also competes.

Here are his 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 eagle - so that I could fly and stalk my pray!

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

A: I would like a ticket for the boxing finals because I aspire to be a boxing Olympian.

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: As boxing is a weight dependent sport I have to be very disciplined when it comes to my diet. I am a big fan of porridge but the meal that I miss the most is my mum's Sunday roast!

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

A: My family have had to miss out on holidays and other social events due to the time-consuming nature of boxing training.

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

A: I would to love to represent Great Britain in the 2016 and 2020 Olympics.

Mike Tyson
Mike Tyson ws one of the most feared fighters of his era

Q: Who was your childhood idol and why?

A: Mike Tyson - he was untouchable!

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

A: As a kid I was inspired by watching classic boxing bouts with my dad.

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

A: I would like to be a joiner.

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

A: The best has been winning gold in the Junior World Championships and the Junior European Championships.

And so far I have not had a worst moment - I have been injury-free and always make sure that I follow certain superstitions.

Q: What is your worst habit?

A: I am embarrassed to say I bite my nails!

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