I started swimming at the age of 4, I became a competitive swimmer training 6 times weekly when I was 9 and reaching county standard at age 14.
I have always had a passion for swimming having the dream to reach national standard and the ultimate life goal of representing Great Britain.
In 2010 I was diagnosed with an ongoing illness known as M.E causing me to end my swimming career. I wanted to stay an active member of my club so set my sights on becoming a coach. I have recently completed my Level 1 Teaching Aquatics and am hoping to complete my Level 2 in the near future. Completing my Level 2 would be another stepping stone to my career as a Physical Education Teacher and my ambition to become a Level 3 coach.
I am passionate about volunteering, and have been a young volunteer for 4 years. Even though I was diagnosed with M.E which has limited me from doing lots of things, I have still continued to volunteer in sport. I won the ‘Young Volunteer of the Year Award’ for County Durham and I was put forward to become the ‘Platinum Ambassador’ for Easington District. I have held the title for 2 years.
In 2011 I completed my Judge 1, Safeguarding and Child Welfare Team Manager courses, and this year I will be carrying on with my coaching, volunteering and I am really looking forward to attending the ASA Coaching Academy in February!