Hampshire Talented Athlete Profiles
Isobel Pooley- International high jumper
(image (c) Tony Margiocchi)
Isobel competes for Aldershot District & Farnham Athletics Club and is currently studying at the University of Nottingham. She counts National U20 titles and a UK Championship silver medal as amongst her most notable achievements to date. Her personal best (PB) is 1m86, which she set when winning the England U20 Championships in Birmingham in February 2011. She has already enjoyed success in 2012, starting her indoor campaign with jumps of 1.78m and 1.80m respectively.
SHIOW: Tell us about your goals for 2012 and the London Olympics
IP: My goal for this year is to qualify for the 2012 Games which would mean beating my previous personal best by 9cm for a guarenteed place on the GB. I am still in a very early stage of my career as an athlete so I cannot expect to be a finalist in London although it would be a dream come true to become an Olympian this year!
SHIOW: Describe you favourite sporting moment to date
IP: The moment of realisation when I looked up at the bar on my winning jump at UK School Games in 2009, and realising I had cleared it, earning myself a completely unexpected gold medal and putting the World Youth Heptathlon Champion (who had previously been leading the competition) into silver medal position.
SHIOW: What are your top tips for aspiring young athletes?
IP: Put 100% into every training session, they are just as important, if not more important than competitions, so make sure you always focus and try your hardest, and then you will get the most out of your training and will be able to perform better in competitions.
SHIOW: What one piece of kit or equipment could you not live without?
IP:My GB warm up trackies, I wear them nearly every day around the house - they are so warm and comfy; plus when I come home cold and tired from training I can put them on, see the little union jack and be reminded what I’m doing it all for... the chance to represent our nation at sport. It’s a great motivator.
SHIOW: And who is your sporting hero
IP: Jessica Ennis.
SHIOW: Who has most influenced your success
IP: My parents always encouraged me to beleive in myself and gave me the courage to "stick at" training even when it got difficult. Having a delicious home-cooked dinner waiting for me was always a great motivator during cold winter sessions!
SHIOW: Describe yourself in ten words...
IP: Tall, Dedicated, Committed, Easygoing, Intelligent, Attentive, Animal-loving, Ambitious, Observant, Friendly
Sports Development Officer (Performance)