How I Started
I was in school and was invited to a Try Something New Day, so I travelled down to Bedale in North Yorkshire. Nicola Minichiello, the current world champion was conducting the Bobsleigh taster session, I really enjoyed the day and was interested in the sport. At the end of the session, Nicola pulled me aside and explained that I looked like I had potential and invited me down to Bath to trial.
I made my way down and they had us perform sprints, jump and pushing on the dry push-track. Shortly after these trials, they invited me to join the GB Youth team. Within two months I had gone from no experience in Bobsleigh to being on the GB Youth team! I was over the moon.
My Greatest Achievement
At the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, I made history as the highest finish for a British woman ever as I finished in 8th place. It was only when I went into the mixed zone after my run that I found out that I had been the highest finishing woman ever! This was a huge achievement because funding had actually been cut for the women’s team five months prior to the games.
My Greatest Challenge
After qualifying for the Olympic Games and winning the junior world championships in 2017, the federation decided to cut the women’s programme. Even after I had pre-qualified for the Olympic Games and become a junior world champion, they still decided to cut funding meaning I had to find my own way to the games and fund myself in the months leading up to the games. I had the choice, to raise money and go to the games, or quit. I decided to go to the public and start a crowdfunding campaign to get us to the Olympics. We raised £48,000 overall and managed to make history in doing so. We really were powered by the people!
I love playing Netball. I played Netball before bobsleigh and I will play Netball after Bobsleigh! I currently play in a social league and am looking to join a club to play more. I also love training my dog, Elle and taking her to the beach and the dog shop to get her new treats.
My Future goals
In the future, I want to inspire young people to grow out of their comfort zone and try something new just like I did ten years ago before I started bobsleigh. I want to show everyone that getting out of your comfort zone can lead to a hobby or passion for life!