Zoe Smith – Equestrian

talent-seekersWhat motivates you?

To be the best version of myself. For each performance to be better than the last – not always about results

What does your training schedule look like?

I try to vary my training throughout the week to cover the 4 aspects I feel are most important – competition training, flatwork, fitness for myself and horses

What is your golden rule when it comes to fitness?

Don’t stick to a routine that you don’t enjoy or feel beneficial, train with friends even from other sports to learn and motivate each other

What’s your proudest sporting moment?

It has to be being selected for the GB U21 Nations Cup squad in Wierdan, Netherlands; on a horse that I produced from a novice level and bred by my godmother

Where is the best place you have been with your sport?

Without a doubt the ‘Z Tour’ in Lanaken, at Zangersheide (Home of World breeding). I spent just over 2 weeks there, competing against some of the world’s best. Very much an eye opening experience

What is your favourite food?

Although not food, I always have a chocolate milkshake at the end of a hard days training or competing as it really helps my muscles the next day

What is your ultimate goal?

My ultimate goal would be to be part of a Senior Nations Cup Team leading up to European and World Championship Games

Which app do you use the most?

Instagram. I am always sharing my journey through sport, training sessions and quotes I find motivational

Who is your inspiration?

Although not an athlete Jim Lawless has proved that impossible things can be made possible through the right mindset. One of his rules states ‘head in the direction of where you want to arrive, every day’

Do you have any tips for other athletes?

The road to success in never an easy one, there are times I have seen no way forward but I strongly believe in the saying ‘when the going gets tough, the tough get going’.