I’ve been swimming for as long as I can remember.
My mum, Alison, and dad, Stuart taught me to swim when I was 5 years old, and I guess I was like a fish to water. They couldn’t get me out of the pool, even when it was time to go home!
I was very successful as a junior swimmer. I won 2 Gold, 1 Silver and 1 Bronze medal at the European Youth Olympic Festival at just 14. I also won 2 silver medals at the European Junior Championships at the age of 16.
I made the step up to senior international swimming the following season, competing at the 2010 European Championships in Budapest before making finals in both individual medleys and the 800m Freestyle for England at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi.
I returned back on the scene at the 2012 British Gas Swimming Championships in London, clocking an English record to win silver in the 400m Individual Medley and qualify for my debut Olympics at London 2012.
I was delighted to be chosen to be part of Team England’s Commonwealth Games team for Glasgow in the summer of 2014. Competing in 5 events, I was targeting at least 2 medals. Although narrowly missing out on Gold in my favoured 400m IM, I was delighted to win Silver in both this and my first attempt at the 200m Butterfly!
Two weeks later, I followed this by winning Bronze and Silver in the 400m and 200m IM at the European Championships in Berlin.
In 2015 I made my first World Champsionship final, in doing so I finished 7th gaining and a huge confidence boost ahead of Olympic season.
In 2016, I was honoured to have represented Team GB at my Second Olympic Games in Rio. I finished 7th again in my main event 400 Individual Medley. I can now call myself a double Olympian, and an Olympic Finalist.
I still dream of being on an Olympic Podium. Maybe this will be true in Tokyo! Until then there’s lots of hard work to be done, starting with qualifying for the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast 2018.