I learnt to swim via swimming lessons when I was about five, then I moved over to my local swimming club, Glossop at 10 and swam once a week.
I started assisting as a helper in the water at 13. I finally started swimming competitively at 14 when I increased my training at Glossop. I became classified as a disabled swimmer at 16 and increased my training by joining Satellites of Macclesfield.
At the same time I continued to help at Glossop, taking my UKCC Level 1 when I was 16 and my Level 2 when I turned 17. I equally enjoyed being a swimmer, swimming teacher/coach and team manager. I strongly believe in grass roots swimming and lifelong participation and the motto ‘everyone can achieve’. I thought up the club motto, ‘It’s not what you can’t do it’s what you CAN DO!’ Achievement can be British record, a county qualifying time or putting your face in the water for the first time.