British record holder and bronze medallist at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games in the 4 × 100m relay, Desirèe Henry was also nominated to light the cauldron at the London 2012 Olympic opening ceremony. Nowadays, when she’s not winning the BBC’s Question of Sport, she’s training hard to get selected for the postponed Tokyo games.
It must have been difficult to find motivation during this time. How important is music to your routine?
Music has been the number one thing helping me stay motivated throughout my sessions, especially in the absence of training partners. It’s quiet, and sometimes, when you’re left with your thoughts for too long, it can get a little bit overwhelming. But music allows me to warm up and get the job done – and at the same time, not put that pressure on myself, and just enjoy what I’m doing. When I’ve finished doing a set of A-skips or other drills, I think, “Let me do some two-steps to whoever is playing right now”, then focus again. I don’t know what I would do without having music, especially during lockdown.