10 questions with Stevie Harrow

SPORTS reporter GAVIN CANEY continues to discover more about Fenland’s sporting stars. Here, Gavin speaks to Stevie Harrow, a 14-year-old artistic gymnast from Manea who will train with the England team in December ahead of re-trialling for next season’s squad in February.

Name: Stevie Harrow

Date-of-birth: 29/08/1996

Occupation: Student at Cromwell Community College

What persuaded you to get into the sport? I used to enjoy swinging on the crossbar of the swings in our back garden rather than the actual swing itself. I’d just love hanging upside down on the bars and I suppose it all started from there. I then did one hour a week at Hudson Leisure Centre when I was six and I’ve carried on enjoying gymnastics from there.

Who is your sporting idol? Beth Tweddle.

If you could change one thing about your sport what would it be? I’m off to America next year to compete and the people of Manea have been helping me raise money for the trip. I’m very thankful for that so I can’t really complain about anything right now as I’m happy with how everything is going.

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What is your biggest passion away from sport? I love going out and spending time with my friends.

What was your most embarrassing moment? When I messed my run-up to the vault in Gloucester when I was about ten and got it all wrong. It was an error by my old coach who made me start on the wrong foot so I ended up landing straight on the horse.

What item could you not live without? Definitely my phone. I’m always texting away or on Facebook when I’m in the car for long journeys to train or compete.

Where is your dream holiday destination? I’d really like to go to Spain so I could go and see where my nan lives.

Where was your last holiday? Haven at Ayr in Scotland two years ago. I don’t really get the chance to go away much though because I’m always training.

What is your favourite and least favourite TV programme? Although I did really like this year’s I’m a Celebrity, I don’t have a favourite or least favourite programme because I don’t get much time to sit down and watch TV.

What is your sporting aim? To make the 2011 European championships although my main goal is to one day represent Great Britain at the Olympics.