Richard Fidler talks sport with Andrew Watson

editorial image
Have your say

Andrew Watson, chosen to be an Olympic flame torchbearer in Sheffield on June 25, is general manager of Abbeydale Sports Centre, which stages the South Yorkshire School Games Summer Festival on July 2-3.

What have you been doing today?

Helping to organise the 2012 South Yorkshire School Games, which are taking place at Abbeydale Sports centre this July. Young people from across South Yorkshire will be taking part in the two-day event, which will feature a diverse range of sporting activities, including football, cricket, rugby, rounders and indoor rowing – with disability formats included.

Who is your inspiration and why?

Young people are my inspiration – their enthusiasm and eagerness to learn new things and accept change.

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

Kevin Keegan.

Who is your most famous person in your phone?

None! But I do often bump into Michael Vaughan around Abbeydale.

When was the last time you cried?

Three weeks ago at Windsor Castle, when my ex- Scouts were awarded their Queens Scouts Award by the Queen.

Who or what are you most proud of?

Seeing so many young people grow up and realise their full potential.

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

Never be afraid to try something new.

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

I never realised I was good – I just keep doing what I’ve always done but scouting changes every day so you have to keep learning new things and start again !

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

My mobile phone!

What is the most nervous you’ve ever been?

Stepping onto a stage in front of 5,000 people at a county scout event.

Do you ever doubt yourself?

Constantly – it’s what keeps you sharp.

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

Love them – it is a great way to keep in touch and will replace email eventually.

How do you relax away from sport?

Gardening – either sitting in it and reading or tidying things up.

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

Bude in Cornwall. It is a lovely little town, fantastic beaches and great scenery – I go regularly.

Do you cook? If so what’s your favourite – if not, who provides the perfect meal?

I love to cook! My favourite food is English lamb with garlic and fresh rosemary from my garden.

What was the last book you read?

The Bible.

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

No idea! Being an enthusiastic person I throw myself into every challenge that comes my way.

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

Probably because I’m one of the thousands of people in the UK who volunteer their time on a regular basis – it’s just what we do, and becoming an Olympic torch bearer is some measure of recognition for myself and the thousands like me.

What’s your favourite TV programme?

Dr Who.