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What was it like growing up in Barbados?In one word: fun! The Caribbean is a great place to grow up, and my childhood was always full of activities, from playing cricket on the beach to climbing coconut trees. Barbados is also very small, so many of my friends were only a quick bicycle ride away. I was never bored, that's for sure!When did you first start playing tennis?I was about nine when a local coach called Sydney Lopez came to my primary school to coach tennis. He invited me and my older brother, Chris, to a tennis tournament and the rest is history. Sydney and I are still very close and I keep in touch with him regularly and train with him when I can. How has the Olympic Solidarity programme helped you?It has made a tremendous difference to my life. It has enabled me to travel and, were it not for the programme, I probably wouldn't be where I am today. Coming from a small island, funding is sometimes difficult to come by, so the Olympic Solidarity programme has been crucial to me advancing my tennis career.What is a typical training week like? I'm currently based in Florida with former professional Martin Blackman. I typically do two to four hours on the court in the morning and then spend two to four hours in the gym in the evening. I also do a lot of running in my spare time.Where do you draw your inspiration from when you play?My mother. She was the one that pushed me to succeed at tennis. Unfortunately, she passed away less than a year ago. But she is the reason that I still do this today. I play tennis to honour her. It's been extremely tough. I know within myself that she is still here in spirit. She would be pleased to know that I'm giving it 100% day in, day out.You competed at the first Youth Olympic Games in Singapore. What are your thoughts about the concept of the YOG?I absolutely loved the Singapore YOG! It was a privilege for me to be an ambassador for my country on an Olympic stage. It was also exciting to learn about different cultures through the Culture and Education Programme. It was an unforgettable experience, which I will treasure for the rest of my life.What are some of your fondest memories while representing Barbados on the international stage? There are many, but I would have to say playing at three of the four Grand Slams and participating in the singles tournament at the YOG and the Pan American Games in Guadalajara last year. Playing in the Davis Cup ranks high too.Could we see you back at Wimbledon during the London 2012 Olympic Games this summer? It is extremely difficult for me to qualify but, if I make it to London, that would be a dream come true. My fingers are definitely crossed. I'm also looking forward to playing at the Wimbledon Grand Slam again. Participating at both events - the Olympic Games and Wimbledon - was something I only dreamt about as a young child. What advice would you give to an aspiring Olympian? I would tell them to be patient, work hard and make sure they have a coach who has their best interests at heart. After that, it all boils down to discipline and determination.DARIAN KINGWITH THE HELP OF OLYMPIC SOLIDARITY SCHOLARSHIP FUNDING, 20-YEAR-OLD BARBADIAN TENNIS STAR DARIAN KING IS READY TO TAKE THE STEP UP FROM YOUTH OLYMPIC GAMES AND JUNIOR GRAND SLAMS TO THE OLYMPIC GAMES AND OTHER SENIOR TOURNAMENTS IN 2012INTERVIEWOLYMPIC REVIEW 69OLYMPIC SOLIDARITY

LONDON 201270 OLYMPIC REVIEW MAKING AN IMPACTOLYMPIC REVIEW SPEAKS TO LEADING MEDAL CONTENDERS FROM AQUATICS AND ATHLETICS AS PART OF ITS REGULAR COUNTDOWN TO THE LONDON 2012 OLYMPIC GAMESQiu Bo won both the 3m springboard and 10m platform titles at the first Youth Olympic Games in 2010