Question Time: Julie Page

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Julie Page, aged 29, plays for Sheffield Hatters and was part of the Great Britain Olympic basketball team last summer, Richard Fidler asks the questions.

What have you been doing today?

I’ve been at work doing PE, sports and promoting health with youngsters in Manchester.

Who is your inspiration and why?

I don’t have one person who is my inspiration. There are a few people in my life who are amazing people each in their own way. I am so grateful for my closest family and friends and as much as I try to emulate their greatness, I will never come close.

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

Growing up I admired my parents. I saw how hard they worked right in front of my eyes, how they treated each other and people around them. They were my role models and continue to be today.

What’s your favourite other sport?

I enjoy a wide variety of sports. If I could, I would have kept playing each sport I participated in as a child. From trampolining and swimming, to football and karate. I love it all.

Who is the most famous person in your phone?

LeBron James who plays for Miami Heat in the NBA.

When was the last time you cried?

A few weeks ago; love hurts sometimes!

Who or what are you most proud of?

I’m most proud of my brother. His performance in the BBL this season has been really fantastic. From his basketball career, to his personal life, he has worked amazingly hard to get to where he is today.

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

Everything happens for a reason.

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

I have never really thought about that. I was so focused on trying to be better all the time, I forgot to take time to sit back and appreciate actually how good I was and all I have achieved!

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

My phone.

What is the most nervous you’ve ever been?

Two years ago when I sat down with the GB coaching staff for a post summer camp evaluation.

Do you ever doubt yourself?

All the time...I know it’s not a good quality but I just can’t help it!

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

I believe it’s a good thing to keep in contact with people. I have friends on there from all over the world, without social media my phone bill would be massive!

How do you relax away from sport?

Away from competitive sport, my free time is spent being active in other ways. I love hiking, snowboarding, cycling, running, trying anything new and discovering adventures. Being active is what brings happiness and smiles to my life which in turn is my relaxation.

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

My last real holiday was so long ago I don’t actually remember! It could have been Egypt, or maybe Lanzarote, but they were both amazing and I would go again.

Do you cook? If so what’s your favourite - if not who provides that favourite meal?

I am attempting to learn how to cook. My dad is the most fantastic cook ever, so anything he makes is always tantalising on the taste buds.

What was the last book you read?

A book called ‘Managing Meltdowns’. It’s an informative book about Autism. Autism is something I felt ignorant about, and it seems to keep cropping up in different areas of my life so I decided to learn about it.

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

I would be a teacher.

Tell our readers in your own words why we’re interviewing you?

To inform your readers on what it’s like to be a professional athlete. And maybe put a smile of a few faces along the way.

Favourite TV programme?

Anything that’s crime related, so CSI, criminal minds, numbers etc.

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