How I Started
I took part in the school sports club once a week and began competing in junior regional events and competitions. One of the coaches at the club was a Paralympian at the time which inspired me to continue pushing as they were a huge inspiration for me. The junior championships in Blackpool were a crucial moment for me as I won 6 gold medals in Club Throw, discus and the likes! At that point, I was 14 years old, but I had to stop competing in junior championships as I was winning too much!
My Greatest Achievement
My greatest achievement is when I became a three-time Paralympic champion. It was a special Paralympics as I was returning to the event for the third time, but I knew I wanted to take home the title again. I ended up breaking my own world record when I competing as I raised the bar by another 5cm’s as I threw a 33.53m to take not only the world record but another Paralympic gold! It was a highlight as I had been competing for a decade to earn my accolades and then I had also broken my own world record, and around that time the Paralympics were getting more media coverage so it was awesome to see the buzz around a sport I have loved for years!
My Greatest Challenge
In the run-up to the London 2012 Paralympics, I battled a nasty hip injury as the cartilage had been worn down meaning I had to suffer with limited mobility and lots of pain. I was offered a hip replacement but there wasn’t a 100% chance of success and with the Paralympics coming to London I knew I had to compete. In the end, I managed to compete as team captain but was unable to medal due to the injury, which was difficult to take as it was my home games.
In my free time, I love watching sports, especially going to Newcastle matches as I have been attending since I was four years old and own a season ticket! Other than that I enjoy inspiring the next generation to be the best version of themselves, along with sports coaching and spending days out with my family.
My Future goals
In the future, I want to continue to be a good role model for young people along with ensuring I continue training and keeping fit. I also have my own charity that supplies sports equipment and inspires young people so I am also determined to grow this to have as great of an impact as possible!