Seven-time New Zealand 800m champion and 2016 Rio Olympian Angie Petty is next up to ponder our Five Minutes With questions.
Why would you encourage anyone to try athletics?
Because it makes for a great lifestyle, it keeps you fit and healthy, and it boasts an awesome community where you'll make lifelong friends. It is very rewarding to put in the hard work and reach your goals.
Who was your first coach and how did they influence your career?
My first proper coach was Maria Hassan, who guided me from the age of 12. She was the one who coached me from a skinny little primary school girl to the international level. She always made sure we didn't over-train and that was extremely valuable in helping me progress to the senior level, run a sub-two-minute and reach the Olympic Games. She also had a great training structure and made sure I peaked at the right time.
What are your athletics weaknesses?
Being tempted to over-train and, at times, I maybe overthink things.
What is the funniest things you’ve seen on an athletics track?
The cameraman on a Segway scooter who knocked over Usain Bolt, but who thankfully didn't injure him! Also when Pierre Bosse (the world 800m champion from France) was interviewed after winning the world title (in 2017) and he said that normally no-one wants to interview him but today people even wanted to film him vomiting after the race!
What is the greatest thing you’ve witnessed in an athletics stadium?
Watching Eliza McCartney win the Olympic bronze medal in Rio and Nick Willis also medal there - especially after he had a disappointing London Olympics. It was incredible to see him overcome the setback and come back so strongly and win a second Olympic 1500m medal.
Who has been your toughest rival?
Caster Semenya. She is so good, I don’t think she wouldn't be that far behind my husband, Sam, (a 1:49 800m runner). I was drawn in the same heat as Caster at both the World Championships last year and this year's Commonwealth Games.
If you could star in another sport which sport would it be?
Hockey, as I used to play up until I left high school. Also it would be fun to be really good at skiing and tennis.
When travelling to a meeting what is the most important item in your suitcase?
My bible, phone, and running spikes. And somewhere high on the list is dark chocolate!
What is your greatest regret?
Possibly doing a hard session four days before my race in Rio (2016 Olympics) when I was sick, which maybe took me a little longer to recover from ahead of my race. Also not reacting quickly enough in some races. But we cannot live in regret, these are more just life lessons.
Who is the person you most admire?
Lots of people. Of course Jesus, and many others including my husband, my mum, best friend, Lilia. Eric Liddell, the 1924 Olympic 400m champion, Nicola McDermott, the Australian high jumper and many more.
What are you most scared of?
Getting stuck in an elevator
What is your favourite movie and why?
I have quite a few; A Walk to Remember, Blood Diamond, and Chariots of Fire
When was the last time you looked at your athletics medals?
I hadn’t looked at them in a while until I recently hung some on the wall at home before I left to Europe and I also recently got my World University Games gold medal as part of a friend's school assignment.