Me and my sport – profiling Borders ASP Athletes – Week eight: Olivia O’Hare

Olivia O'Hare
Olivia O'Hare

Age: 16.

Home Town: West Linton.

Sport: Athletics.

Position/Discipline: 800m, 1,500m, cross-country.

Club/Team: City of Edinburgh.

Coach: Dave Campbell.

Best moment in sport so far: Winning a silver medal at the UK Schools Games 800m and becoming double Scottish Under-18 champion at 800m and 1,500m in the same weekend.

Aims for the next 12 months: To win a Schools International match medal in 800m, retain Scottish Championships, win a medal at the British Championships and work towards representing Great Britain at European level.

How does the ASP help you most: Quick access to physiotherapy, sports psychology and a very supportive feeling that people are there to help.

Who in sport most inspires you: My brother Chris O’Hare who we have just visited at the University of Tulsa. He ran a three minute, 56 second mile earlier this year.

FavOURITE sporting moment of all time: Mo Farah winning the 5,000m at the recent World Athletics Championships.

Best thing about your sport: Meeting lots of good friends from all over the country.

... but dislike: Early morning runs in cold and rain.

If not in this sport, would like to compete in: Hockey.

Usual pre-competition meal: Pasta.

Food dislikes: Omelette.

Best motivational song or track: Turnaround by Flo Rida.

... But turn off/leave the room to: My brother’s country music.

Competition superstition or odd routine: Drink from my favourite Gatorade bottle.

When not competing or training I like to: Facebook with friends and going out for dinner.