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Royal Zara Phillips says baby pushes her to succeed

By Laura Elston

Zara Phillips
Zara Phillips

Zara Phillips has spoken of how motherhood has made her even more determined to succeed at competitive sport.

The equestrian rider, a grand-daughter of the Queen, is focused on earning a place in the British eventing squad for the Rio Olympics in 2016.

Zara, who has a 22-month-old daughter Mia with ex-England rugby star Mike Tindall, said having a child has helped her approach to her sporting career.

"You learn what you're comfortable with. Having a child probably helps that," she said.

But she added: "That said, you're just as driven as before, maybe more. I've found when people say: 'Well, now you've had a baby you won't be able to do what you used to', that makes me even more determined."

Phillips, who won a silver medal at London 2012, admitted she also makes better decisions now.

"Before, I'd have got on any old horse. Now I'm more selective. And when I see a steep slope, I go round it.

"Mind, I don't know if that's a product of motherhood or just being older," the 34-year-old said.

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