60 seconds with Jamie Sparks


Where are you from?
I was born on the 11/01/1992 in London, England and have lived in Islington my whole life.

What are you doing at the moment?
At present I’m at Bristol university studying Archaeology and Anthropology.

What are your greatest sporting triumphs?
I played rugby for Middlesex U18s and U20s, beat the USA as independent school Barbarians and cycled 1500 miles from Gibraltar to London.

What other achievements are you proud of?

Never letting anyone tell me I can’t do something. This will no doubt get me into serious trouble one day.

How would other people describe you?
Perhaps other people would describe me as driven and fun, honest and, hopefully kind, which is the most important characteristic.

Who inspires you?
Felix Baumgartner, Sir Ranulph Fiennes, James Cracknell, Charley Boorman, Sir Richard Branson and my parents.

Favourite saying?
I have a few so bear with me. ‘Everyone has limits, not everyone accepts them’, ‘don’t limit your challenges, challenge your limits’ and ‘if you die trying to achieve greatness, you are great’.

What do you think you will miss most?
Our fridge at home after a big shop is just the best thing in the world, so I guess I’ll miss feasting. As well as that, I’ll of course miss my family, and the motorbike.

Best piece of advice received so far?
Control the controllables, and be prepared (if possible) for the unknown.

What is your biggest fear?
Confined spaces and deep water. Just joking! I hate snakes, so I’m undertaking the right challenge…

What are you most looking forward to?
Getting a deep tan and really getting to know Luke. Oh – and the finish.

How would you describe Luke?
100% determined and focussed once he decides he wants to do something. He also has a wonderful tendency to remain incredibly calm in times of adversity. Best thing of all is that he is a great laugh to be around.