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Sophie's Day with Katherine Grainger

Earlier this year, Sophie and Dylan, S4 pupils from St Peter the Apostle High School, Clydebank were selected to interview our honoray patron, Katherine Grainger, on behalf of Winning Scotland Foundation.

They wrote great blogs about their experience. This is Sophie's blog and you can read Dylan's here.

When I was chosen to interview Katherine Grainger I felt terrified and shocked at the same time. I wasn’t sure at first if I wanted to do it or not because I get nervous speaking to other people.

I was excited to learn about what Katherine’s life is like and how she became a competitive rower. I was really nervous about the camera men, knowing we were going to get filmed and having big cameras on us made me feel more nervous.

I only knew a little bit about Katherine Grainger. I knew her sport was rowing and that she had achieved three silver medals, and one gold medal at the last Olympics in London 2012. She also came to our school last year with Chris Hoy. I got the chance to meet both of them and listen to the both of them speak in front of our school.

Before the interview began she sat down with us and spoke to us. She was a very nice person and easy to get along with. She made me feel comfortable when interviewing her.

One of the questions I asked Katherine was about her school life. She very much enjoyed school when she was my age. At the early years of Katherine’s life she wanted to become a vet, but then she choose to go to university. Katherine’s role model when she was growing up was her elder sister. She looked up to her, everything that her sister done Katherine would try to follow in her footsteps and to do the things she did.

When Katherine spoke to us I learned a lot from her. I learned never to give up and try to be the best that I can be. Even if something is in my way I follow the goal I want to achieve and hopefully succeed at it.

A lot surprised me about the day with Katherine. I never thought it was going to be that easy to interview someone. I think Katherine made it easier for me because it felt so normal when I was speaking to her, it was like I had known for ages because she made us feel at ease when speaking to her.

My main memory of this experience is to never think twice about not going to one of these interviews again. It was such a good opportunity and now I am glad I did it. I have learned a lot from this and will never forget it. Also I am very grateful for the Winning Scotland Foundation for picking our school and I have had a great experience.

Sophie