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Katarina Johnson-Thompson – Heptathlete

Halewood born heptathlete Katarina Mary Johnson-Thompson is an English track and field athlete specialising in the heptathlon. She represented Great Britain in the heptathlon at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, finishing 15th, then finished fifth at the 2013 World Championships in Moscow. In the long jump, she is the 2012 World Junior champion and the 2014 World Indoor silver medallist. In 2015, she became the European Indoor champion in the pentathlon with a British record of 5000 points. She also holds both British high jump records, outdoor with a height of 1.98m at the 2016 Olympic Games, indoor with a height of 1.97m at the 2015 British Indoor Athletics Championships, and the British indoor long jump record, with a distance of 6.93m.

My Schools:
St Marks Catholic Primary School and St Julies Secondary School

My Favourite Teacher:
I had two really – Mr Coakley and Mr Willis

My Favourite Subject at School:
I loved all the subjects in Year 7, but then it gradually whittled down to P.E. (of course!) and English! Or the ‘bring in a toy day’ in primary school

Were you streetwise or a bit of a geek?
I suppose I was a bit of a mix between them both

My Favourite Childhood Singer/Band:
I remember that I cried when Gareth Gates lost to Will Young in Pop Idol

My Favourite Extra-Curricular Activity:
Athletics, Comedy shows, Music gigs and seeing friends

Do you remember your first school crush?
That would have to be Gareth Gates

My Favourite Book:
Russell Brands Autobiography(s)

School Dinners:
I liked the potatoes that are shaped into smiley faces, but I was a packed lunch sort of person

My Ambitions at School:
I always wanted to be a spy!

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