Louise Bloor, aged 26, from Maltby, Rotherham, shot to fame when she was victorious in the BBC’s ‘Born to Win’ programme in 2003. A serious back injury hampered her athletics career, but second place at the UK Indoor Championships in Sheffield this year in the 200 metres has thrust her onto the fringes of the OIympic Games squad. Louise works at Maltby Academy.
What have you been doing today?
I went to work at 8am, then straight to the EIS for training at 4pm and had a sports massage at 7pm, then finally home. It has been a very long day.
Who is your inspiration and why?
Too many people to choose from. All those who don’t let anything get in their way. Some pupils at work inspire me, they just dig deep and carry on.
Which sports star did you admire when you were growing up?
Ryan Giggs and David Beckham. I grew up on a street with boys who all supported Manchester United.
What’s your favourite other sport?
Tennis. I enjoyed playing it as a child. I obviously don’t play anymore, but love to watch it.
Who is the most famous person in your phone?
When was the last time you cried?
It was probably when I watched the Pride of Britain awards.
Who or what are you most proud of?
It’s my nephew, he’s amazing.
What’s the best piece of advice you have received?
Be true to yourself.
When did you know you were good at what you do?
I realised I was good at sport at a very young age. My primary school teacher encouraged me to particpate in all the extra curricular activities.
What one item do you take with you wherever you go?
My phone, I need to keep in touch with people and it’s my alarm.
What is the most nervous you’ve ever been?
Arriving at Sports Personality of the Year in 2003.
Do you ever doubt yourself?
I used to quite a lot, but not so much anymore. I’m now doing things that I thought I would never be able to do five years ago and I think both working and athletics have helped me develop that belief.
What is your view on social networks like Twitter and Facebook?
Fantastic for keeping contact with friends and family, but should be used light heartedly.
How do you relax away from sport?
DVD night with the girls.
Where was your last holiday - and would you go again?
I went to Side in Turkey last year. It was beautiful and I had an amazing time, but I fancy travelling America this year for a few weeks.
Do you cook? If so what’s your favourite - if not who provides that favourite meal?
I do cook when I have time although I prefer baking. Lasagne is my favourate meal and I like making Battenburg at the moment.
What was the last book you read?
The Stone Monkey by Jeffery Deaver, I love his books. I’m trying to read Bad Science by Ben Goldacre at the moment, but I’m a little short of time.
If you weren’t doing what you do, what would you do?
I’d like to think I would have done much more travelling as athletics and work combined hasn’t really allowed for that. In terms of a job, I’m currently studying a masters in sports nutrition.
Tell our readers in your own words why you think we’re interested enough to interview you?
I’m really not sure. I have had a major setback and I’m trying to work my way back up. I’m the underdog.
Favourite TV programme?
I enjoy thrillers like Whitechapel. I if I have had a nice and easy day and The Simpsons if I completely need to switch off.