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Spotlight: Zoe Derham
Let us introduce the athletes, linked with Gloucestershire, who took part in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. Here we turn the spotlight on Zoe Derham, the hammer thrower currently living in Glouester. She faces a few quirky questions...
What was the first event you remember watching?
I went to Paris to watch the World Championships, probably around 2003, but that's the one international event that I've actually been in the stadium watching. I competed in the Commonwealth games the year before, but it's good to watch.
Who is your sport's best pundit?
I don't watch sport if I can help it so I wouldn't have a clue. I like to keep away from it to be fair. I don't like watching it, much prefer to play it.
Can you explain cricket?
I know what it is – obviously someone bowls a ball at the opposite team and they have to hit it as far, and get as many runs, as possible. That's as far as I could get!
What's been your worst fashion crime?
Purple shell suit when I was younger, when shell suits were cool.
If money was no object, what would be the first thing you would buy?
A nice house and a nice car and to support myself on it really. Maybe a nice holiday as well, that would be good, I've not had one of those in a while.
Which charity do you support?
Probably cancer research because it has affected quite a few people that I know, but I haven't got one specific charity.
What's your favourite biscuit?
Quite like chocolate digestives but also like custard creams as well.
If you could be in a band, which one would you choose?
I wouldn't actually enforce my musical ability on anybody. I can't sing and I can't play anything that well, so I probably wouldn't be in a band as such.
What was the last book you read?
'The Gatekeeper's Daughter' – it was a story about a family who had twins, one was Downs Syndrome and one was classed as normal. They kept the 'normal' one and gave the Downs Syndrome one away and it was about how their lives changed and how they met up at the end.
Has your sport ever brought you to tears?
Yes, but not tears of joy. I've had a few tears because I haven't thrown well, or out of frustration, that kind of thing. I've never really had any tears of joy as such.
What's the most common mistake you see people making in your sport?
Walking out on a throw which they feel isn't that good, which actually turns out to be quite good. Trying to pre-judge it before it has been measured.
Where in the world is the best night out?
I've had some good nights out in Australia when I was out there. I'd probably say Sydney's a little bit better than Melbourne and around Darling Harbour area.
last updated: 08/10/2008 at 09:41
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