Q&A: Quick-Fire Answers from Jordanne Whiley MBE

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Last Modified 25 May 2021 First Added 14 May 2021

What’s your earliest sporting memory?

Henman vs Rusedski at the NEC at the height of their rivalry.

Any advice to the younger you?

Don’t be so lazy! Do more hours and give 100% to your sport.

What’s the one piece of advice you have for someone looking to become a professional athlete?

If you really want it, put 100% in because you only get the chance once. And no matter what happens, stay humble.

Do you ever sneak a midnight snack?

It’s more like a 10pm snack – I like to be asleep at midnight – but chocolate or ice cream are my go-tos.

Does what you eat change when you are in the build-up to a competition?

Yes, I get more strict with myself in the lead-up to a competition to feel my best.

If you weren’t an elite athlete what would you be?

I’m a qualified mortgage advisor so probably that!

What would your superpower be?

Like the character from the Fantastic 4, I’d be able to set myself on fire and fly.

What’s top of your bucket list?

Gold medal.

What’s your greatest disappointment?

Breaking my wrist at the Rio Paralympic Games.

Do you nap?

I love a little nap, mainly on weekends when I have more free time.

Do you prefer playing tennis at home or abroad?

Abroad for the sun!

When did you first believe you could be a Paralympian?

I was 11 or 12 when I met Pete Norfolk and saw his gold medal. I was sure I wanted one of those for myself.

Do you have any superstitions?

No superstitions, I think you make your own luck but I have a habit of using the sun to tell the time when I’m playing.

What’s your guilty pleasure?

Birthday cake!

What’s your proudest moment?

Having my son, but in my tennis career, the calendar grand slam 2014. No other British person had achieved that so that was special.

What’s your dream achievement outside of the Paralympics?

Winning Wimbledon singles. I’ve won doubles four times so the singles competition is the next goal.

What’s your most common night-time dream?

I have really weird dreams! They’re normally really vivid, like a mini movie and often something or someone is trying to kill me. In the last one, it was a gang of koalas!

How important is sleep to you as an athlete?

Super important. I can’t function otherwise. Before I had my son I had 10 hours a night but now I can get by on 6-8. Without that my training is affected as it stops me focusing on drills and really concentrating.

What’s the best way to fall asleep?

I listen to theta waves or forest/rain sounds to clear my head.

Do you remember reading before bed as a child?

My dad used to make up stories for me before bed, which I loved. My son loves a series about dinosaurs but I also make stories up for him, they’re most often based on kindness and being kind.


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To learn more about Jordanne, visit her athlete profile.