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Royal Zara Phillips says baby pushes her to succeed

By Laura Elston

Published 10/11/2015

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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