YSPOTY 2013 nominees: Isaac Towers Q&A

Isaac Towers

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Wheelchair racer Isaac Towers has the 2016 Rio Olympics in his sights after being placed on the UK Sport World Class performance funding programme following his performances this year.

Among his achievements this year were victory in his age-group competition at the London mini-Marathon in April, second and third-placed finishes in the 800m and 1,500m in the Swiss National Championships a month later and winning the 400m and 800m English national titles in June.

Isaac wanted to compete at the World Championships in France but at 14 was just below the minimum age limit.

Here, Isaac answers the questions set by the BBC News School Report team from The Morley Academy in Leeds.


Q: What's the biggest hurdle you have had to overcome?

A: My disability.

Who are the nominees?

Young Sports Personality of the Year 2013

Dina Asher-Smith

James Guy

Amber Hill

Charley Hull

Adnan Januzaj

Jessica Judd

Amy Marren

Rebekah Tiler

Isaac Towers

Kimberley Woods

Read more about shortlist

Q: Have you ever experienced discrimination in sport?

A: Not directly in sport but come across it in daily life quite often. That's why I love my sport so much!

Q: If you were stranded on a desert island, what three things would you take?

A: Food, water and my racing wheelchair.

Q: Do you have a limit on how far you would be willing to go to become successful?

A: No, but I wouldn't cheat.

Q: What is the best piece of advice you've ever received?

A: Don't be distracted from your goal.

Q: Who is your current inspiration?

A: Mickey Bushell MBE.

Q: What advice would you give to somebody starting out in your sport?

A: Stick with it, persevere and train harder than everyone else.

Q: If sport doesn't become your career, what would you like to go on and become?

A: Something sport-related.

Q: How do you pick yourself up again after failing?

A: I become even more determined to do better next time.

Q: If you won the Young Sports Personality of the Year award, how would you celebrate?

A: I'd go out for two steaks.

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