Sir Chris Hoy

Sir Chris Hoy MBE was born and raised in Edinburgh. He raced BMX until he was 14. Chris won his first world medal in 1999 – a silver in the Team Sprint – and has won 11 World and two Commonwealth titles to date. Chris won his first Olympic gold medal in Athens in 2004 and went on to win three gold medals at the Beijing Olympics. In 2012, at his home Olympic Games in London, Chris won his fifth and sixth gold medals – in the Keirin and Team Sprint – becoming one of Great Britain’s most successful Olympic athletes of all time with six gold medals and one silver. Chris was voted BBC Sports Personality of the Year in 2008 and awarded a Knighthood in 2009. He retired from competitive cycling in 2013. Chris is passionate about family, cycling and doing your best.

Favourite cake: Victoria sponge with strawberry jam
Favourite movie: ET – The Extra-Terrestrial

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Joanna Nadin

Joanna Nadin is the award-winning author of more than 70 books, including the bestselling Rachel Riley Diaries and the Penny Dreadful series. Winner of the Fantastic Book Award, the Highland Book Award and the Surrey Book Award, Joanna has also been nominated for the Carnegie Medal, shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize and the BookTrust Best Book Award, and shortlisted three times for Queen of Teen. Before becoming a full-time writer, Joanna did lots of things including being a lifeguard, a radio newsreader, a journalist and even an adviser to the Prime Minister. She lives in Bath and loves to ride her rickety bicycle, but doesn’t manage to go very fast. And she never, ever back-pedals . . .

Favourite snack: peanut butter straight from the jar
Favourite outfit: vintage dress and high heels

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Clare Elsom

Clare Elsom is an illustrator of lots of lovely children’s books, including the Maisie Mae series, the Spies in Disguise series, the Sparky series, and a picture book for younger children called The Last Chocolate Chip Cookie. She studied a BA in Illustration at Falmouth University (lots of drawing) and later completed an MA in Children’s Literature at Roehampton University (lots of writing). Clare has also worked with CBeebies, illustrated weekly columns in the Independent, created animated e-books for Persil, and is the artist behind Judy Murray’s nationwide
Set4Sport campaign.

Favourite activity: tap dancing
Favourite drink: frothy cinnamon latte

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