Q&A: Getting to Know Ali Jawad
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Last Modified 25 May 2021 First Added 14 May 2021
Randomly, I used to play football when I was 3 to 6 years’ old. I used to want to be a footballer until I realised you need legs to be one.
Michael Johnson (ex-Olympic sprinter) was the earliest sporting person I watched.
Patience. Have patience in the process. Being at that sort of level takes time, so don’t rush it.
Oh wow – erm, don’t take my risks!
Only on holiday. It has to be chocolate cake, I love anything chocolate – when I’m allowed it.
No, everything is regimented in terms of training and recovery. Competition is like training, so I eat the same.
A politician, I think. I want to be the first disabled, legless Prime Minister!
I’ve already got one – super strong!
I want to jump out of a plane.
London 2012, when I controversially missed out on a medal.
Personally, I don’t nap because it means I can’t sleep in the evening. In the past I’ve tried napping and I’ve actually felt worse for it. But I know other athletes swear by it – everyone is individual.
My days are pretty packed, and my breaks are when I eat, that’s when I relax! I try to wind down after 9pm – about an hour before bed.
Probably when I was about 11, when I started judo. I did judo for about 4 years and got to a very good level – I had competitive sport in me from then.
No but, before a competition I always watch one of the Rocky films.
I don’t know if it’s guilty but I’m a massive Liverpool fan.
Probably the silver medal in Rio after everything that happened 4 years previously.
Completing my PHD and launching my upcoming fitness app.
Some sort of gory nightmare.
Sleep is probably up there with training itself. If you don’t get a good night’s sleep you’re not going to recover from your training.
Try not to be stimulated mentally before bed – don’t watch anything exciting.
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