At the recent launch of Guinness World Records 2013, we had the opportunity
to speak to several record holders featured in the new book. We asked them
the questions world record fans most wanted to know about, and now here are
the answers!

Today's Q+A is with Sharran Alexander, the world's heaviest sportswoman, who
weighs in at 448lb (203.2kg). 6ft tall Sharran is the only woman recognised
by the British Sumo Federation, and has won 4 gold medals to date in
international competitions.

Q - Where are you from?

A - Maida Vale, London.

Q - Did you purposefully seek to become a Guinness World Record holder? Or
did you enter on a whim out of curiosity?

A - At the 2011 US Sumo Open I was the heaviest competitor, male or female.
It was a little embarrassing, until Kelly Gneiting (heaviest person to
complete a marathon, at a weight of 400lb, in 9 hr 48 min 52 sec) suggested
I enter myself for a world record, and here I am today.

Q - Is your size a detriment to your performance, or a help? Have you ever
felt pressure to change your appearance? Do you have advice for other
aspiring female athletes?

A - My size is very much an advantage. I've never felt any pressure to gain
or lose weight - my current weight loss is down to me, my age, and wanting
to feel healthier. I'm aiming to get down to, and then maintain, a weight of
150-160kg. My advice to aspiring atheletes? Just follow your heart and do
what you want to do. The recent Paralympics here in London should be proof
to you all that anything is possible.

Q - What would you do to prevent your record being broken?

A - I wouldn't do anything, it wouldn't bother me at all. I love my record
for as long as it will last.

Q - Where do you keep your GWR certificate?

A - On the wall in my living room - The first thing people see when they
come round!

Q - How do you feel about GWR, the organisation itself?

A - Ive had a great experience... there's always been someone there to help
me, and I've been ringing and emailing them a lot. I'd work there if they
have a job going! Do you have anything for me?