Lesley Owusu – Athletics

Lesley Owusu is an experienced international athlete who has represented Great Britain at the European, World and Commonwealth stages. Lesley knew that she was born to run and that running was a sport she was destined to pursue in order to fulfill her ambition of being a World class and an Olympic athlete.

What made you want to become an athlete?

The desire to be the fastest that I can be.

What has been your proudest moment to date?

Meeting the Queen at the 2002 Commonwealth Games and making my debut for Great Britain.

What does your typical day involve?

I tend to train 6 days a week which includes a 2-3 hour track session, gym and weights.

Who or what inspires you to get up in a morning?

My dream of competing at the London 2012 Olympics, as well as my inner belief and passion.

What do your friends and family think about what you do?

My family plays a tremendous influence in my life and have always supported and encouraged me to work hard to pursue my goals and dreams. My brother Lloyd, who is also a successful football player has always encouraged and supported me; as well as both my parents who have always pushed me to work hard on the track to follow my dreams.

How did you get to where you are today?

Encouragement from school teachers, friends and family.

What advice would you give to someone thinking of following in your path?

To follow your heart, mind and spirit. Be the best champion you can be!

How do you use sports science to support your training/performance?

I tend to read a lot of the sports science literature that is available, as well as watching videos and keeping up to date with the technology so that I can keep ahead of my game.

Are there any specific areas of science that you use to help you to maximise your performance?

Coaches, nutritionists, physiotherapists, doctors, sports psychologists, and biomechanists.

What kind of hobbies do you do to relax?

I enjoy reading and DIY.