Further Personal Information
||Husband Ricky Soos
||Athlete, Business Owner
||English Literature - Loughborough University: Loughborough, ENG
Sport Specific Information
|When and where did you begin this sport?
||She began running seriously at Ashford AC when she was 11 or 12.
|Name of coach
||Ricky Soos [husband]
|Coach from which country?
||She spends a lot of time working on drills, core and conditioning."This means I run a lot taller when I'm fatigued and don't waste energy sinking into the ground."
||World Cross Country Championships
||Spending time with her family, going out for a meal. She is a qualified classical pianist. (davidwelchmanagement.com, 31 Sept 2009; runnersdigest.co.uk, 16 Aug 2011)
|Memorable sporting achievement
||Winning the 1500m at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, Australia. (activeashford.co.uk, 31 Dec 2009)
|Hero / Idol
||Julie Rose. (runnersdigest.co.uk, 16 Aug 2011)
||Following a disappointing World Championships in 2011, she was diagnosed with a hip injury common in ballet dancers. A bone growth in her hip socket had been rubbing against a ligament, causing it to fray and she was forced to have it operated on. (telegraph.co.uk, 04 Jan 2012)
She suffered a back injury in December 2008. (Times.co.uk, 19 Jul 2009)
She had been unknowingly running with a stress fracture in her thigh bone in the summer of 2006. (Times.co.uk, 19 Jul 2009)
|Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
||She takes a penny with her to major championships. It was given to her by her father after he found it while working at London's Olympic Stadium. (bbc.co.uk, 26 Jul 2011)
|Sporting philosophy / motto
||"Persevere. Middle distance running can take time to get the hang of, the more your train the better you get so keep at it but most importantly enjoy it." (femalefirst.co.uk, 06 Aug 2011)
||Her sister Sarah has competed for England as a hammer thrower and husband Ricky Soos competed in the 2004 Olympic Games in the 800m. (davidwelchmanagement.com, 31 Sept 2009)
||To win a medal at London 2012. (sportsister.com, 31 May 2012)
||COACH, HUSBAND SUPPORT
She was embarrassed by her performance at the 2011 World Championships where she finished second last in her heat. At the time she was unaware of a hip injury she had which restricted her ability to change pace. She credits her husband and coach, Ricky Soos, with supporting her mentally. "He is with me all the time so he knows how much it means to me. He experiences every single thing with me so he sees that disappointment from Daegu, how much it meant to me and how destructive it was. He's really good at focusing his efforts in building me back up emotionally and mentally which is something that doesn't just happen in a one-hour meeting with a regular coach." (telegraph.co.uk, 04 Jan 2012)
Her father, Mike Dobriskey, worked as a soil consultant preparing the site for the Olympic Stadium in London. (telegraph.co.uk, 04 Jan 2012)
Doctors thought she would never walk properly after she was born with what she describes as 'dodgy hips' and an in-turning left foot. Her mum made her wear her shoes on the wrong feet to try and correct the problem. (bbc.co.uk, 26 Jul 2011)