Richard Fidler talks sport with Jazmin Sawyers

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Jazmin Sawyers, aged 18, has moved to the city from Stoke-on-Trent to study Law and Criminology at the University of Sheffield and to train alongside Jessica Ennis and her coach Toni Minichiello as one of Great Britain’s brightest athletics prospects.

What have you been doing today?

I’ve been training! I was at the track at 10:30, and now I’m back at my halls ready to start some University course work.

Who is your inspiration and why?

My mum, because she is extraordinary and how she put up with me AND my two younger brothers. We were a bit of a pain.

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

Denise Lewis, I read her book numerous times, I’d finish it then just start it again.

What’s your favourite other sport?

I love playing squash(im terrible), and I love watching gymnastics, it’s so exciting.

Who is the most famous person in your phone?

Sir Clive Woodward, he was our chef de mission for the Winter Youth Olympics and has been supportive since!

When was the last time you cried?

Two nights ago, I watched The Notebook and you’re not human if you’re not weeping by the end!

Who or what are you most proud of?

This is hard, but probably my brothers, I never get more proud than when they do something great.

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

My dad has always, since I can remember, told me “you get nothing in this life for coming second”, and it’s part of the reason I have a winning mentality, it’s also part of the reason I’m a terrible loser, but there you go.

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

When I was in primary school I was always faster than most of the kids. Then we tried long jump and my P.E. teacher nicknamed me “frogs legs” because I was springy!

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

My phone. Pretty boring, but Twitter is like my diary, it’s where all my unnecessary thoughts go.

What is the most nervous you’ve ever been?

Probably when I stood in court as a witness in a theft case. I was aged 12, and I was petrified.

Do you ever doubt yourself?

All the time, but as soon as doubts come into my head I try and replace them with confident thoughts.

My favourite quote is from Shakespeare “our doubt are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft’ might win.”

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

They’re brilliant, but you have to be careful, everyone can access a lot of the things you post.

How do you relax away from sport?

I go to gigs, and failing that, I watch comedy TV eating Hobnob biscuits topped with icing.

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

Tenerife, and yes. My family goes most years and it’s relaxing and wonderful.

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

Yes, I have to now that I’m at uni, the Supernoodles won’t cut it anymore. Chilli and rice is my favourite meal.

What was the last book you read?

The third of “The Maze Runner” series, “The Death Cure” by James Dashner. I love dystopian novels.

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

I would try and act, I think I’d be much more involved in musical theatre. I used to be, and I miss it terribly.

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

Because I am a young sportsperson that hopes to emulate the success of Sheffield’s own Jessica Ennis. Sport, especially athletics, is more interesting to the public after the Olympics.

Favourite TV programme?

Friends. There are others that come and go that I really enjoy, but my Friends DVDs are always there for me.