Sport is my life.
From the day I learned how to kick a ball, all I’ve ever wanted to do is play sport. It started with football, then developed into rugby, hockey, surfing, cross country and swimming.
I have always played as many sports as possible, never choosing/focusing on just one. In the early days, I played rugby at County level and represented England Barbarians U18s at rugby – touring to America to play against the USA, whilst playing Regional hockey for the Midlands.
Studying Sport & Exercise Science at Exeter University, my love for all things sport, and understanding of elite performance developed further. I played BUCS (British Universities & Colleges Sport) in the 1st XV rugby team at Exeter and my career in team sports continued beyond university, playing both rugby and hockey alongside one another into my late 20s for Silhillians RUFC and Hampton Hockey Club.
Three years ago, it was time for a change. Due to persistent niggles caused by men’s contact rugby/hockey, I decided to take up triathlon. I jumped on Google, joined my local tri club (Solihull Tri Club), and turned up for my first session – an intervals run with coach Gareth – I was hooked!
With a background in traditional team sports, I had no idea how incredible this world of endurance sport really was.
I threw myself in at the deep end with The Slateman (Snowdonia) as my first, and Ironman Staffordshire 70.3 as my second ever triathlon. This qualified me for the 2019 ITU Aquabike World Championships in Pontevedra, Spain.
So, within a year, and with lots still to learn – I was representing Team GB – a dream come true. I packed my bike (in a box!) and jetted off to Spain, ready to race my heart out! After a brutal swim, a hilly bike course and a bad sunburn, I finished third in my age group, earning my place on the podium and taking home the bronze medal.
That same summer I completed my first full distance event – Ironman UK, Bolton, and managed to qualify for the 2021 ITU Long Distance Triathlon World Championships in Almere, the Netherlands.
Yes, this is an individual sport, however – a lot of my success and enjoyment in triathlon so far, is down to the athletes and expert coaches I surround myself with; all those at Do3 Coaching, Solihull Tri Club, TriTenacious and Solihull Cycling Club.
I now have a busy race season of middle and long-distance triathlons planned for 2021, and can’t wait to get that GB tri-suit back on later in the year!
No surprises here – I’m a PE Teacher! I feel privileged to spend my days teaching PE, swimming and games to children aged 3-18 at Solihull School in the Midlands. I get to share my passion for sport and exercise; educating and inspiring young individuals to follow their own sporting dreams – whether that’s in high-performance sport or just keeping fit for life!
Alongside this, I spend evenings/weekends coaching sport. As a Level 2 coach in hockey and rugby, I have previously coached the Junior Warwickshire County teams in both sports. Naturally, since taking up triathlon, I have completed my BTF Level 2 coaching award, and now coach triathlon at Solihull Tri Club – where my journey started three years ago.
Me & Scimitar:
In my school holidays, I run ‘Super Sports Camps’ – providing high-quality coaching across a range of sports for all keen players aged 5-16. I reached out to Scimitar Sports three years ago to provide bespoke branded sports kit for all coaches and players at my sports camps – the quality is second to none!
Now, as an athlete myself, I am proud to be a Scimitar Ambassador. More than just a quality kit provider, Scimitar ‘Break Boundaries’ in this new era of responsibility, sustainability and environmental thinking, with their 100% recycled running vests, t-shirts and cycle jerseys. It does feel great knowing this when training in the kit!
As well as my sporting background previously mentioned – I also enjoy performing in musical theatre and I am an experienced Latin, Ballroom and Salsa dancer! Got to mix it up!