Question Time with Dawn Peckett, Sheffield ice coach

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Dawn is head coach at iceSheffield. Throughout a coaching career spanning over 30 years, she has produced British Champions Katie Powell, Jason Thompson and Peter Hallam and attended Youth Olympics, Junior World Championships and European Championships.

What have you been doing today?

I’ve been coaching from 6am and preparing all my skaters for next week’s British championship qualifier at Deeside.

Who is your inspiration and why?

My late father was always my inspiration to become the best I could be throughout my training as a figure skater. Since coaching, my mum has supported throughout.

Which sports star did you admire when you were growing up?

Torvill and Dean. I trained alongside them at Nottingham and saw the hours of hard, vigorous training and true dedication it took to become Olympic Champions.

What’s your favourite (other) sport?

I watch many from Summer Olympics to Winter Olympics. It’s impossible to say.

Who is your most famous person in your phone?

Olympic Champion, Robin Cousins. He occasionally works with my skaters on the GB team and it’s a great inspiration for them.

When was the last time you cried?

When my beautiful black Labrador passed away suddenly two years ago.

Who or what are you most proud of?

My mum, for being so strong for so many years on her own and for taking in so many rescue dogs. She worked so hard with them, not once complaining.

What’s the best piece of advice you have received?

“It’s no good worrying about what’s happened in the past, there is nothing we can do to change it.” Good advice in life and in skating as if an element goes wrong you have to simply forget about it and move on.

When did you know you were good at what you do?

After leaving school and skating full-time to pursue my career. I can look back at my 30 year coaching career and feel very satisfied with my achievements.

What one item do you take with you wherever you go?

My phone. I’d be lost without it!

What is the most nervous you’ve ever been?

When I realised that at 40 years old I had never had an interview for a job as I had coached on a self employed level for 20 years. Then came my interview for the job at iceSheffield!

Do you ever doubt yourself?

I never doubt myself in my work but we are all capable of making mistakes and if so then I would never be too big a person to apologise.

What is your view on social networks like Twitter and Facebook?

I had reservations about going on Facebook but I simply love it! I’m now back in contact with people I have not seen for years. I think like any social networks if you use them correctly they are fine.

How do you relax away from sport?

Walking on the beach with my three rescue dogs. Come rain or shine they love it! I also do charity work for animal sanctuaries which I find so rewarding.

Where was your last holiday – and would you go again?

My last holiday was a few years ago now and we went to the West Coast which I enjoy. Summer is difficult to get more than a few days off as our competition season runs through until July of the year after.

Do you cook?

I just don’t do cooking. My mum cooks me the most beautiful vegetarian meals. If it was left to me it would be M&S ready meals!

If you weren’t doing what you do, what would you do?

Owning my own animal sanctuary and never having to try and find homes for all the stray neglected animals I find. I’d just take them home and keep them, heaven!

Favourite TV programme?

A variety really. I loved the series Spartacus, I enjoy the soaps, The Office is amazingly

funny and Downton Abbey for the lavishness of the Victorian/Edwardian era.