Richard Fidler talks sport with Lynne Beattie

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Lynne Beattie is the captain of the Great Britain women’s volleyball team, which is based in Sheffield and will be taking part at the Olympic Games next month.

What have you been doing today?

Had some porridge for breakfast then had a tough weights session that lasted for two and a half hours at Sheffield Hallam University then went to the English Institute of Sport after lunch.

Who is your inspiration and why?

It would be Audrey Cooper our coach. She’s someone who has done it all.

She has been an Olympian and knows what it takes to get results at an Olympic Games. Her motivation is what gets us through.

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

Probably Steve Redgrave. The fact that he’s won five gold medals at an Olympic Games means he’s been at the top level for so long. It’s phenomenal.

What’s your favourite other sport?

Athletics. I used to run as a youngster at regional level at 800 metres.

Who is the most famous person in your phone?

One of my teammates. I don’t have any famous people in my phone!

When was the last time you cried?

At the weekend when I saw my mum. I’d not seen her in a while, it was about two months.

Who or what are you most proud of?

I am proud of every single person on this team who have been on this journey to the Olympic Games together.

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

Never give up. When it gets tough just keep pushing through because you know it will be worth it.

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

I’ve always had a kind of raw talent for sport.

But the first time I touched a volleyball I was fascinated by the sport and that’s what has got me through.

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

My mobile phone.

What is the most nervous you’ve ever been?

The test event last summer in London when it all came together and you know you’re in the Olympic venue.

Do you ever doubt yourself?

No, I never doubt myself.

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

It has been great recently, especially with the build up to the Olympics.

You get an insight into different athletes preparations and it’s also a great way for us to get out there an promote ourselves.

How do you relax away from sport?

Watch television, listening to music, laying on my bed having power naps. Just being with friends as well.

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

My last holiday was to South Africa and yes I would go again because it’s the most amazing place ever. It was back in 2009.

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

I do cook. My favourite meal is to chuck in loads of veg into a wok with some chicken and some noodles and have a stir fry. I’m not a Masterchef.

What was the last book you read?

I read a book called Bounce by Matthew Syed. It was amazing, I really enjoyed it.

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

I’m a qualified pharmacist so I’d probably be in a pharmacy somewhere.

I can still go back to that when I’m finished with volleyball. I worked in Doncaster before starting full time with Team GB.

Tell our readers in your own words why you think we’re interested enough to interview you?

You’re interviewing me because I’m the Great Britain women’s volleyball captain and we’re completing our preparations for the London 2012 Olympics.

Favourite TV programme?

EastEnders. The banter is brilliant!