If you could give your younger self any piece of advice, what would it be? As Clare Balding prepares to release her first children’s book, our October cover star exclusively shares five things she would tell her younger self. Her words of wisdom include “don’t worry what you look like”, “try everything” and “dare to be different”. And, whether we happen to be younger or older than 45-year-old Clare ourselves, we think we could all take a leaf out of our favourite sports presenter’s book.
She has some advice for us, too: “Do what you enjoy, try to do it well and don’t worry about what people say about you”. In this month’s issue of woman&home, she tells us that we are all capable of finding “the Olympian within” and realising our “gold medal moment”, even though she has accepted that she’s never going to win an actual gold medal.
Clare, already the author of two best-selling memoirs, says that she would love to write a whole series of children’s books filled with positive messages and inspirational heroes and heroines, declaring that there are not enough heroines with big thighs in the world. The can-do attitude of Charlie, the ten-year-old protagonist of The Racehorse Who Wouldn’t Gallop, was inspired by her five-year-old niece, Flora, whilst the characters’ two older brothers, Harry and Larry, were based on Clare’s nephews, Johnno, nine, and Toby, eight, who are currently begging their aunt to write a spin-off novel based on them.
Clare, who counts Kylie Minogue as a fan, is all about “the sisterhood” as she calls it, saying, “Equality is still a work in progress. I’m not a marcher or placard waver but I do hope that I say the things I believe in. Having so many women in positions of power around the world is exciting. But it’s as important for boys as it is for girls.” Watch our exclusive video and immerse yourself in Clare’s world.