15 minute interview: Kata tonic
Zoe Campbell was born and raised in Nottingham. She took up karate at the age of 8. She is the current ladies world karate champion, having won numerous medals along the way. She obtained a first class biochemistry degree at Birmingham University before becoming a postgraduate student at Leicester-Warwick Medical School. She works as a house officer at Walsgrave Hospital, Coventry
- By: Katariina Jarvi
I was a really hyperactive child. I had done lots of other things such as gymnastics and ice skating, but mum couldn't find enough for me to do, so at the age of eight I started karate training four to five times a week. However, I didn't stop doing my other sports such as netball and athletics, which I played at national level while growing up. I also enjoyed football, which I continued at university.
It was never a question of me giving up karate to study, or the other way round. Obviously, when I was at university finding time was difficult and I had to juggle things, but it's really important to have an outside interest. It helped me study and gave me the determination to get through my exams, so the two have always complemented each other.
My best karate achievement was winning the world championships in 2003.