I grew up being sporty, and was heading down the path as a weightlifter until football took over my life when I was a teenager. I was pretty good (but then I suppose I would say that!) and played at various levels, until the day I broke my right leg during a match in 2008.
At that time I didn't realise just what sort of impact the injury would have on my life, however, after 17 failed operations over the following nine months to try and repair the injury, I finally had my lower leg amputated.
I was 20 years old and until that point sport had been a huge part of my life. Initially I thought that any chance of a sporting career was over and I would have to find something to take it's place in my future. Fortunately, I discovered kayaking and, realising I could still take part in a competitive sport as an amputee, I set my mind at becoming the very best.
Just a few years later, with strong will and by pushing my body to the extreme, I am now British record holder in my category for 200m sprint. I became European Champion in 2014, won Silver at the 2015 World Championships and last year Won Silver when trying to defend my European crown.
Paracanoe was introduced as a new sport for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games and I am proud to have been selected to represent Great Britain at the games making the 1st ever Paracanoe Final and finishing 5th.
Thank you for following my journey and please get in touch if you have any questions.