This weeks interview is with Dutch Olympian, Naomi Sedney (@naomisedney). Naomi competes in the 100m and the 4x100m relay and has competed in major athletics championships including the Olympics, World Championships and European Championships.
She is also a European Champion, winning a gold medal as part of the 4x100m Dutch team in her home country.
Here’s a look at her personal bests (at the time of writing – May 2020).
|60m||3||7.22i||17 Feb 2018||Apeldoorn||Outdoor|
|100m||3||11.24||13 Apr 2018||Gainesville FL||Outdoor|
|150m straight||3||17.40||09 Sep 2017||Gateshead||Outdoor|
|200m||2||23.42||20 May 2017||Tübingen||Outdoor|
|60m||3||7.22i||17 Feb 2018||Apeldoorn||Indoor|
|200m||2||23.46i||28 Feb 2016||Apeldoorn||Indoor|
Interview With Dutch Olympic And European Champion Sprinter Naomi Sedney
Q: What is your event in athletics?
A: The 100m sprint and the 4x100m relay.
Q: How did you get involved in sprinting?
A: I started when I was really young, 8 years old, and haven’t looked back since.
Q: What’s the best thing about being an athlete?
A: Getting to travel, getting to meet people from all around the world, getting to learn perspectives from all cultures and enriching your own world view.
Q: Describe your weekly training routine.
A: I have 8 training sessions a week… 3 weight sessions, 2 acceleration sessions, 2 speed endurance sessions and 1 speed/technique session… more or less.
Q: What has been your career high so far?
A: Becoming European Champion with our relay team in front of a home crowd last summer in a new national record of 42.04!
Q: How do you prepare for a competition?
A: Taking enough rest beforehand, eating right and just getting the mind right.
Q: What’s the most difficult challenge you’ve had to overcome in your career so far?
A: My career has been relatively smooth sailing, so having to deal with injury for the first time in the preparation on the Olympics year was very hard for me.
Q: What’s your favourite food to eat that may be best not to tell your coach?
A: Haha all my favourite foods are best not to tell my coach.. chocolate, sweets, really good pasta…
Q: What one piece of advice would you offer to young athletes starting out in the 100m?
A: Never give up.
You can follow Naomi on Twitter or Instagram @naomisedney.