I first began gymnastics at the age of seven. I tried football before that but soon realised this wasn’t the sport for me. As a young boy I was fullof energy, always on the go, having fun, climbing trees, playing with my friends and jumping about, hyperactive really, so my family and friends thought I might enjoy the sport of Gymnastics. I was then introduced to Southport Gymnastics Club which I joined and that was how it all began. From the very start I loved the sport. It gave me something tofocus on and channel the tremendous energy I seemed to have. It was at Southport that I met Jeff Brooks who would become my personal coach and I have trained with Jeff at Southport for over twenty years. The first aim was to make the GB Squad and I had to finish in the top fifteen at the National Finals and then attend further trials. I made it and that was when it all started. The rest of my career took a lot of hard work, determination and perseverance. There were many ups and downs, highs and lows and a huge commitment from my parents driving me to training six days a week. They supported me and picked me up when I was down along with my coach Jeff. I needed their support training over thirty two hours a week as well as many competitions across the country and abroad. My career would never have been possible without their commitment and efforts.