YSPOTY 2012 nominees: Olivia Breen Q&A

Olivia Breen celebrates with her team-mates after securing a bronze medal at the 2012 Paralympics in the 4x100m relay Olivia Breen (centre) celebrates winning a Paralympics bronze medal in the 4x100m relay, with team-mates Bethany Woodward, Katrina Hart and Jenny McLoughlin

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Olivia Breen secured a bronze medal for Great Britain in her first Paralympic Games as part of the T35/T38 4x100m relay team to cap off a superb year.

The 16-year-old, who has cerebral palsy, also qualified for the final of both of her individual events in London, finishing fifth in the T38 100m and eighth in the T38 200m.

And at the 2012 IPC Athletics European Championships, Olivia, from Liphook in Hampshire, won two bronze medals in the T38 100m and 200m.

Here, Olivia answers the questions set by the BBC News School Report team from Farringdon Community Sports College in Sunderland.


Who are the nominees?

Q: What is your view of support via social networking sites?

To me they are really important. During the Games I really valued the support I received from my friends and family who I didn't see for weeks.

Discovering I was trending on Twitter after my 100m final also gave me lots of confidence.

Q: When you were younger, who was your role model?

My twin brother, Dan.

Q: Who has been the most influential figure in your life?

A: My mum.

Q: How do you balance training, education and social life?

A: I am in my GCSE year so school comes first - followed very closely by training. I don't have much time for a social life!

Q: What sacrifices do you make on a regular basis?

Margarita Goncharova with her gold medal Margarita Goncharova won three gold medals at the Paralympics in London

A: I don't see my friends as often as I used to and I don't eat chocolate anymore!

Q: Who is your biggest rival?

A: Margarita Goncharova of Russia - the world number one T38 athlete.

Q: What is your favourite food and are you allowed to eat it?

A: Pizza and sadly, no!

Q: What was your favourite subject in school and why?

A: BTEC Sport because I like learning about sport and it is teaching me about nutrition, injuries etc so it is very relevant to my life.

Q: What is your favourite music and does it help you train or perform better?

Beyonce and any happy music. But I don't think it really affects my training or performance.

Q: What has been your sporting highlights of 2012?

A: Winning a bronze medal in the relay at the Paralympics.

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