Q: How did it feel winning the double at the Scottish National Championships?

  A:   It was incredible to win the double at the Scottish National Championships. Having just turned 18 it was my first ever senior chmpionships. I had known for a few years that I was getting closer and closer to the top guys and I'd always say, "I'll be the top sprinter in Scotland one day." Heading into the championships I knew that I had the fastest times in Scotland, but I was inexperienced so couldn't allow myself to get carried away. 200m is the event that I believe I excel in the most and the event that I believe will be most likely to forge a career for me in this sport. Therefore, I was pretty nervous before the 100m. I knew if I executed my race properly then I would win, which thankfully happened. After 8 years of watching the fastest guys in Scotland, I'd finally become number 1. The 200m was a lot more straight forward and I won comfortably, running a personal best. This was most definitely a highlight of my 2012 season and it meant everything to me.


Q: What's your take on the obscenities used by Dwain Chambers immediately after beating Adam Gemili at the trials and is Chambers an athlete u look up to ?
 
   A:  I was actually in the stand at the UK trials watching this live, cheering on my friend Adam, who did amazing to qualify for the Olympics at 18 years of age. Therefore, I didn't hear what happened at the finish line and only heard about it on Twitter afterwards. My initial reaction was that it was out-of-order and possibly aimed at Adam. However, I've never met Dwain so I can't make comments on his personality. I've been told that he is a very nice man. There was a lot of pressure on him as he'd been counted out by the press as Adam was the big favourite. Sprinting involves a lot of adrenaline and after the race he just let it out. I really don't condone it because there were children watching and at the end of the day, these guys are role-models.Dwain did apologise and I think we have to accept what happened as in the heat of battle.     
I've never really seen any British sprinters as big role-models for me. I'd look up to people such as Asafa Powell, Michael Johnson and Oscar Pistorious. These are people who have revolutionised our sport and have achieved big things. They are also incredibly humble, which maybe British athletics lacks in terms of sprinters, somewhat undeservedly.
 
 Q: Why are GBR athletes obsessed with looking like pumped up steroid junkies (Simeon, Harry, Dwain etc ) is it the coaching the issue ?

  A:   It is something that is a big talking-point in UK athletics. Michael Johnson has said that Harry AA is probably too big to be able to sprint. I really don't have enough knowledge on strength and conditioning programmes to know what could be improved. The older sprinters certainly seem to be built large and they clearly believe that being stronger will help them run faster. In terms of coaching, I would definitely say that it is improving as guys such as Danny Talbot and Adam Gemili are two younger sprinters who have normal builds and they show that they can run fast without being "ripped." These guys are definitely getting managed better as I think coaches of developing athletes are learning from past-mistakes. Personally, I have just started a weights program for the first time this winter, and the emphasis is purely on technique. There are no efforts to bulk me up, as we believe that is not the right way to go. So I'd say that it is mainly a problem in the older sprinters.
 
Q: You ran at the World Juniors and their were relay issues...then it followed at the London games with more issues, is this a trend and what can the GBR team do to work on it ?

 A:  I can only speak from personal experience and say that our coaching before and during the World Junior Championships was perfect. We felt ready, confident, and fast. We showed this by winning the semi-final with very good change-overs. All that can be said is that we lost concentration in the final and paid the price. It certainly is becoming repetitive in UK sprinting that the relay teams fail to get the baton round and I've heard some call it a "curse". What I think might be the problem is that the media constantly ask the question, "Will GBR get the baton round this time?" There is a negativity right now and this could sub-consciously feed through to the athletes. GBR relay teams probably feel unnecessary extra pressure before races than any other team, because they know if they fail they will be ridiculed again.
 
Q: What can we expect from u in the 2013 season ?
 
 A:    In 2013, I really just want to lower my times and get my name out there a bit more. In terms of times, I'd be looking for around about 10.4 in the 100m and 21.0 for the 200m. These times will be enough for me to get the qualifying standard for the European Junior Championships, which is my main aim for the season. If I get to Italy, I would definitely be looking to medal, if not win European Junior Gold. If I did that, it would set me up nicely for the 2014 season, when I'd be looking to make the Scotland team for the Commonwealth Games. So yeah, I'd like to remain Scotland's top sprinter, compete well at the UK world trials and medal at the European Junior Championships.

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