Me and my Sport – week 28: Kate Murray

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Age: 63

Home Town: Bonchester Bridge

Sport: Archery

Discipline: Wheelchair target archery

Team: GB Paralympic squad

CoacH: Tim Hazel

Best moment in sport so far: My latest wins were two golds in a world record status shoot in the Czech Republic in 2011. I always think of my last win as being my best.

Aims for the next 12 months: Win gold at the 2012 London Games.

How does the ASP help you most: Always there for support and gives me unlimited access to the gym. But most of all, the help I was given to get a battery-assisted wheelchair. Without it I couldn’t have carried on.

Who in sport most inspires you: John Cavanagh, one of our more disabled archers on the squad, who is going for his fifth Olympic Games in London. He is always so calm and relaxed, and good fun.

FavOURITE TV sporting moment of all time: Watching Chris Hoy at any time. I find him so exciting to watch, especially when he comes from behind to win.

Best thing about your sport: Being in the GB team and the fact that disability, age, size or shape does not exclude you from competing with able-bodied people.

... but dislike: Losing! Nothing, really, I even enjoy the constant practice. Although travelling up and down the road to competitions and training camps can be a drag.

If not in this sport, would like to compete in: Horse driving trials. I used to do this before I became disabled. It would still be possible, but the adaptations needed would be far to expensive for me. Or perhaps curling.

Usual pre-competition meal: Depends on what time of day it is, but I must have my Marmite on toast for breakfast.

Food dislikes: Tomatoes, offal and anything greasy.

Best motivational song or track: Bat out of Hell by Meatloaf. Katherine Jenkins.

... but turn off/leave the room to: Jazz or boy bands – they all sound the same.

Competition superstition or odd routine: I try to avoid any superstitions, but I do like to use the same finger sling and I like my bows to be colour-coordinated.

When not competing or training I like to: Grow fuchsias and read, especially mysteries and books on history although I must admit to being a fan of the Harry Potter books. Also books by Garth Nix.