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4 stars, 5 questions

April 28, 2011
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We ask four of our favourite sportswomen the same five questions. See what Jo Healy, Heather Watson, Helen Jenkins and Katy McLean all have to say.

Jo-HealyJo Healy, Volleyball

1. If you weren’t a volleyball player what other sport would you choose?
I think it would be basketball. I played at a high level as a junior before focusing solely on volleyball, and I still like to have a shoot around when I get the opportunity.

2. What essential item is always in your kit bag?
Besides my knee pads and shoes, wow, there are so many things that are essential! I think if you were to ask one of my teammates they would say I always have moisturiser with me. However I also couldn’t be without my iPod and a bottle of squash.

3. How do you prepare before a big match? Do you have any superstitions or rituals?

I will always stand a drink bottle up if it has fallen, not sure if it is a superstition or just a habit these days. Before a match I always listen to music with a strong bass to it. You’ll probably see me bopping up and down the corridor in my own little world before I go out and warm up with the team!

4. What was the last film you saw? Do you have a favourite film?
The Book of Eli. I don’t have a favourite film in particular but anything with Denzel (Washington) in it is guaranteed to be good!

5. Now we’re one year from London 2012 tell us what the Games means to you.
The Olympics is going to be our opportunity to put volleyball on the map in the UK. I think it will be great to leave a legacy for younger players to aim and aspire to. It is also going to signify the journey that we have had together as a team, it is going to be something very special.

Heather Watson, Tennis

Heather-Watson1. If you weren’t a tennis player what other sport would you choose?
Another sport, hmm… golf. My best friend, Hee-Jeong, is a golfer and she’s trying to teach me and she says I’m pretty good!

2. What essential item is always in your kit bag?
I always have a spare change of clothes as I sweat so much! I have my racket, always something to drink and a banana. And my lucky teddy bear.

3. How do you prepare before a big game? Do you have any superstitions or rituals?
Oh yeah definitely! The night before I grip all my rackets. Once I’ve got changed I do all my drinks because I put Lucozade in my drinks. I also eat a banana, even though I hate them! I always eat one banana and then I listen to my music.

4. What was the last film you saw? Do you have a favourite film?
It was on a plane – I saw Takers and then Buried, it’s with that really hot guy but I forget his name! My favourite film… I like Leon.

5. Now we’re one year from London 2012 tell us what the Games mean to you.
Oh, it’s massive for me. I’m always thinking about that, that’s one of my goals, one of the targets that I’ve written down. I really want to get my ranking up there so I can play and compete for Great Britain.

Helen-Jenkins-triathlonHelen Jenkins, Triathlon

1. If you weren’t a triathlete what other sport would you choose?
I always wanted to be a swimmer when I was growing up and then switched to triathlon a bit later on. But now, out of the three disciplines, I love running the most so it would have to be a runner.

2. What essential item is always in your kit bag?
Being a triathlete I always need lots of kit! But one thing I use for all sessions is my heart rate monitor which is a pink Suunto watch. I love it!

3. How do you prepare before a big race? Do you have any superstitions or rituals?
I have a few superstitions like painting my nails or having my lucky key ring on my bag. My main ritual is to be relaxed; I like to have everything sorted for the next day’s race and have a nice, stress-free evening. Although I’m usually pretty nervous!

4. What was the last film you saw? Do you have a favourite film?
I haven’t been to the cinema for ages! I watched The Wedding Singer the other day with my friend Kerry Lang (who is also an elite triathlete). We were on the turbo trainer as it was raining too much to ride outside! Watching a silly film is a good way to make the time go quicker. I don’t have a favourite film, although I love watching Disney films with my sister; she always makes me laugh as she knows all the words – she’s 23!

5. Now we’re one year from London 2012, tell us what the Games mean to you.
I just want to be there! An Olympic Games is very special and 2012 will be even more special as they are in London. It would be such a privilege to compete at a home Games. I’m training hard and hope I make it.

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Katy-McLean-rugbyKaty McLean, Rugby

1. If you weren’t a rugby player what other sport would you choose?
I would choose hockey or football. I love being involved in teams sports, I really enjoy the camaraderie and would definitely get bored of my own company if I did an individual sport!

2. What essential item is always in your kit bag and why?
Probably my hair strengtheners, oh and my kicking tee!

3. How do you prepare before a big match? Do you have any superstitions or rituals?
I’m pretty relaxed before games. I used to not put my shirt on before I got outside but since we’ve had live TV coverage I’ve had to! I survived the game in one piece so I got rid of that. It made going out to play a lot easier!

4. What was the last film you saw? Do you have a favourite film?
The Season of Witch – and I hated it. I don’t like scary films but I didn’t know it was one! I am a Harry Potter fan -  I like easy watching!

5. Now we’re one year from London 2012 tell us what the Games mean to you.
Very excited – at times like this I wish I did an Olympic sport. But I think it will be a great spectacle and a great opportunity for all our athletes to show all the hard work they have put in. I’m very jealous but I wish them well for it.

Louise Hudson, Sportsister
The Women’s Sports Magazine

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