Richard Fidler talks sport with Laura Carmichael

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Laura Carmichael is the new Partnership Project Officer at South Yorkshire Sport, one of 49 County Sports Partnerships (CSP) in England working to improve opportunities and support sport and active recreation.

What have you been doing today?

I have been liaising with Sport Makers to ensure they log their volunteering hours, which count towards the programme.

Who is your inspiration and why?

My granddad, he’s 89 and still goes to the gym! He’s got so many interesting ideas about life and some great stories that he tells from the war but he’s really outgoing even at his age which I think is a great way to live.

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

Probably Venus and Serena Williams. My family has always been in to tennis so watching them at Wimbledon, along with Tim Henman, were the ones I thought were great.

What’s your favourite sport?

I enjoy horse riding and I try and ride my horse Moon a few times a week.

Who is your most famous person in your phone?

I don’t know any famous people! But being based at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield you often bump into sports stars like Jessica Ennis.

When was the last time you cried?

Probably when I fell off my horse after she was naughty, luckily I landed on my feet and wasn’t hurt but I got a bit of a fright to say the least!

Who or what are you most proud of?

My family, we’re all very close. I’m proud of my relationships I have with them.

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

Always try your best, even if you fail then you know that you’ve done all that you could.

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

When I was offered this job with South Yorkshire Sport!

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

My keys or phone.

What is the most nervous you’ve ever been?

When I flew on my own to work in America as a tennis coach at a summer camp last year, I’m not a fan of flying and it was the first time I’d flown anywhere on my own. I had no idea what was waiting for me when I got to America but it turned out to be one of the best things I’ve ever done.

Do you ever doubt yourself?

I’m not sure…

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

They’re a really good way to keep in touch with people and share information all over the world for free.

How do you relax away from sport?

I like to spend time with my boyfriend, family and friends and hang out. If they’re all busy then I like to have DVD days!

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

I went to Abu Dhabi in April with my boyfriend and his sister to visit their cousin who is working at a school over there, it was fab and we also went on a day trip to Dubai which was a really impressive place. I’d definitely go back.

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

I like to cook and I’m good at it but I’m not very good at planning ahead so pasta is usually on the menu. My boyfriend’s mum also makes the best Sunday dinner!

What was the last book you read?

I think it was the last Harry Potter book, I re-read it before the film came out.

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

I would probably go travelling and see the world. Then teach sports to underprivileged children where I visited.

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

I’m responsible for South Yorkshire Sport’s Sport Makers programme which aims to get at least 1,023 people to volunteer at least 10 hours of sport as part of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic legacy by September 2013. What’s your favourite TV programme?

I don’t have a favourite but I really like Family Guy and Dexter.