Alison Leonard

Name: Alison Leonard

Hometown: Chorley, Lancashire

Sport/discipline/position: Athletics – 800m

Describe yourself in three words

Enthusiastic, friendly and a little bit eccentric!

What course did you study at the University of Birmingham and why?

Biological Sciences, because it was my favourite A Level… I loved it, so it was a good decision.

When did you start your sport and why?

I ran in the toddler’s race at my sister’s primary school sports day, won, and then got stroppy because I didn’t get a medal like my sister did, so my dad made me one of wood and string. Clearly this wasn’t good enough, as I kept on trying to get a real medal… I’ve kept the wooden one though!

What was the last book you read?

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest

What was the last music single/album you bought/downloaded?

Get Lifted – by John Legend… Not cool!

Who would you want to play you in a film of your life and why?

Emma Watson… She’d make me look good!

Who has been the greatest influence in your life?

My parents, they’ve supported me from school sports days to international races.

If you could play any other sport what would it be?

A team sport like Hockey… I miss being part of a team, because athletics is so individual.

What is your current training schedule like?

Fairly heavy as we’re going into track season… I’m starting to do more track work to sharpen up for races, but still doing lots of runs and strength and conditioning.

What are you most looking forward to about the London 2012 Olympics?

I think the public reaction is going to be even better than people think… the atmosphere around London for those few weeks is going to be like nothing I’ve ever experienced.