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Kelly Bramhald, aged 18, a student at Hall Cross Academy in Doncaster, is the English Schools Track and Field Championship gold medal winner for javelin.

What have you been doing today?

I have competed in the senior women’s javelin for South Yorkshire at the English Schools Championships at Gateshead, and won my first gold medal at a major championships.

Who is your inspiration and why?

Throwing against Goldie Sayers (UK number 1 javelin thrower) was a real inspiration to be competing against a top class athlete.

Also my coach, David Parker (1998 World Junior Champion) through his precise and thorough nature, always striving for more.

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

Double Olympic champion Kelly Holmes was always a positive and familiar athlete. I watched her last 800m race at Sheffield in 2007 which was great to experience.

What’s your favourite other sport?

Tennis. I love watching Roger Federer, he is an effortless hero.

Who is the most famous person in your phone?

Mick Hill (former British javelin thrower).

When was the last time you cried?

Yesterday, when I saw how happy a person was.

Who or what are you most proud of?

I am most proud of the ones closest to me for supporting and guiding me down the right paths.

My gold medal meant alot to me and I will never forget that moment I let go of that javelin. I knew it was a good throw.

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

My former coach, Brian Parkes said “Training is like a bank. You only get out what you put in.”

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

When I was selected for my first English Schools competition in 2007 as a 14-year-old.

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

My phone, it is a brick, but keeps me organised!

What is the most nervous you’ve ever been?

In my first few comps of this year when I was just coming out of a good winter. Nerves show how much it means to the athlete.

Do you ever doubt yourself?

In athletics, no. The psychological part is just as important as the physical part.

On my last throw at English Schools, I told myself I wanted that gold medal and I never stopped believing.

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

I personally use Twitter to inspire and motivate people. Twitter is exciting because you can read what your inspirations write.

Facebook is good for keeping your close friends up to date and organising events.

How do you relax away from sport?

I love to draw, read and listen to music; it is therapeutic.

A good chin wag with someone close is always a remedy after a busy day.

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

Turkey. My family are hopefully going to Thailand this year, which is somewhere exciting and different.

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

I love to cook my own food, it allows me to be creative. But my mum’s chicken in white wine sauce is just delicious!

What was the last book you read?

Steve Backley, The Champion in All of Us.

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

Swimming, badminton or tennis. I aim to take part in these sports at university.

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

My first gold medal is a particular milestone as I have never come higher than seventh in previous english schools.

I have had a good winter’s training which has been reflected in my distances this year. The only way is up!

Favourite TV programme?

Ricky Gervais Show.

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