How I Started
I started Kayaking at the age of 10 and at 13 I was selected for the GB team. I began at my local club on an open day and ended up staying with them. At 15 I attended my first world championships, but unfortunately the year after at the age of 16 I suffered an accident that put me in hospital meaning I had to relearn a lot of different key skills before ever being able to get back on the water! Thankfully, after my recovery period, I got stuck in and was back at the start line for the World Championships just a year later after I turned 17. Two years later in
October 2021 I was studying at university and ended up back in hospital again with life-threatening injuries, I spent three months in intensive care before being transferred to a rehabilitation hospital where I stayed for another 9 months. During rehab a big challenge was wanting to get back on the water in order to retain muscle memory so I contacted the GB Paralympic team who set me up and allowed me to get back on the water even though I couldn’t even row! I continued to improve physically and in January 2023 I was selected for the Talent Pathway Programme with the GB Paralympic team who I now train full time alongside!
My Greatest Achievement
My greatest achievement is becoming the youngest to ever win a world championship at the age of 15. Of course, shortly after this, I was in hospital after my first accident which meant I was away from the sport for 11 months, thankfully after my recovery, I was happy to be back and also scored two silver medals.
My Greatest Challenge
My greatest challenge was undoubtedly making a comeback I can be proud of after suffering two large setbacks and being away from the sport for such a long stint. The added challenge of a global pandemic also allowed me to focus on training and bought me time as it postponed events and competitions too, allowing me more time for recovery.
Outside of Rowing, I enjoy Crossfit, baking and spending time with friends and family when I’m not training!
My Future goals
In the future, I am aiming for the Paralympics in 2024 where I hope to be competing in PR2 Rowing.