Rob Dowd is the golden boy of British ice hockey. The 25-year-old Great Britain forward has just returned to Sheffield Steelers after playing in Belfast and Sweden. He has a two year contract with the Arena club and lives in north Sheffield.
What have you been doing today?
Today my brother, his wife and kids stayed at mine and Emma’s house, so we all went to the park, then went to watch a little ice hockey after.
Who is your inspiration and why?
I think David Beckham is a good inspiration because he was a go-to guy his whole career, is a great family man has done massive amounts for charity and for England as a country.
Which sports star did you admire when you were growing up?
Mike Tyson because I think in his day he was the most explosive, exciting boxer to step in the ring.
What’s your favourite other sport?
I enjoy playing golf but to watch I have to say American football.
That is because of the speed and physicality of the sport - it is awesome.
Who is the most famous person in your phone?
Dicko the Sicko, (Andrew Dickson) Belfast Giants’ back up goalie and aspiring World Wrestling Entertainment
When was the last time you cried?
Watching Marley and Me (American comedy drama.) It was a funny movie - until the last 10 minutes.
Who or what are you most proud of?
Having represented my country at every age level all the way up to seniors.
What’s the best piece of advice you have received?
“No matter how hard you work, someone out there is working harder than you” makes me push myself as hard as I can go.
When did you know you were good at what you do?
When I first got selected to represent the English national team at the age of 12.
What one item do you take with you wherever you go?
My iPhone, I have no idea how I functioned before it came along.
What is the most nervous you’ve ever been?
The 10 minutes before asking Emma to marry me, in front of both of our families.
A few vodkas were consumed before doing it.
Do you ever doubt yourself?
I wouldn’t be human if I didn’t doubt myself, it’s the fear of not being good enough that drives you to better yourself and do that extra bit on the ice and in the gym.
What is your view on social networks like Twitter and Facebook?
I’m a member of both. And if used appropriately it’s a great way to communicate with family, friends and fans.
How do you relax away from sport?
Spending time with Emma and the dog in the park. It’s a great way to unwind.
Where was your last holiday - and would you go again?
My last holiday was with Emma, Jason Hewitt and his family. We went to Turkey and loved it. We would definitely go back.
Do you cook? If so what’s your favourite - if not who provides that favourite meal?
I’ve maybe cooked a handful of time since me and Emma got together. And my favorate meal is king prawn wraps with a yogurt and mint dip.
What was the last book you read?
Gazza the autobiography. A great book! Some of his stories from his playing days are hilarious.
If you weren’t doing what you do, what would you do?
I would of probably been working as a mortgage advisor with my Dad.
Tell our readers in your own words why you think we’re interested enough to interview you?
I think for any Sheffield Steelers fans it’s nice for them to know a players interests and views away from the rink.
Your Favourite TV programme?
Modern Family. (American comedy series )
The show never gets old. I have downloaded all the seasons and can watch them again and again.