In only 5 years in Decathlon I have gone from an athlete in 2007 who had little talent, little support (only fantastic moral support from my mum), to 2011 where I have achieved my first International selection, representing Great Britain as an under 23, as well as beginning 2012 in great form.
I train hard, I didn't break any records or turn any heads as a kid, I wasn't born an athlete, I've made myself into one.
I am so passionate about training and competing, I love getting up early and training, going into University and then training again later on in the evening.
My passion and determination appears to rub off on my fellow athletes. Others tell me I am exciting to train and compete with, always providing entertainment, but also pushing sessions to the limit.
Last year, my coach, who is also the head coach of the University athletics team, became seriously ill and was in hospital for an extended period of time. In his absence, me and other senior members of the student committee stepped up to fulfil some of his roles. For me, this included taking weekly whole club circuit training session, and using my technical knowledge to assist other athletes in the absence of our coach. Unfortunately this also meant that with the schedule of up to 18 sessions a week, I had to train on my own a lot of the time. This was difficult but my desire did not falter, and still have had my best year to date.
In 2012 I have continued to train as hard and as often as possible, and so far the signs point towards a very successful year. I have worked on my speed with 3 pb's each in the 60m and 60m Hurdles, as well as improving my long jump and pole vault bests. This continues the theme from 2011 where I saw each of my 10 personal bests being broken, accumulating in a substantial personal best points score of 6530 at the international combined events meeting in Hexham, where I finished 3rd.
I have not had any funding from the national governing body, nor have I received any sponsorship. Ultimately this kind of support will be a limiting factor in my success as an athlete where I need enough time to be able to train at the highest level.
Continued support from family, freinds, and coaches, combined with the potential partnership with the Bring on Tomorrow Foundation and For Goodness Shakes, strengthens my belief that I can continue to improve and one day achieve my ultimate dream to compete in the Olympic Games.