In 2004, I recovered from my back injury but felt I was completely back to where I started in terms of building up my technique but turned out to be an ok year representing Great Britain U20, AAA’s UK Champion with a personal best 66.14m (winning on my last throw) and being accepted into UWIC University where I would be departing from my great coach Karen Costello and joining a training group run by my present coach John Davies. I found to further my career I needed to join a group of a good standard and this included the likes of Rhys Williams (PB=67.94), Jason Hallett (PB=64.88) and Lianne Clarke (PB=52.68). I slowly progressed and in 2007 threw a personal best of 73.75m in Sousse, Tunisia leaving me Number 1 UK U23 and Number 4 Senior but after a groin strain I just missed out on European U23 selection so decided to finish my season early. I changed coaches in 2008 which just didn’t work well for me and struggled throughout the campaign so decided to move back to John Davies with Sarah Moore taking over my strength and conditioning, together we have slowly improved year after year and have always planned this leading up to London 2012. 2010 I competed for Wales at the XIX Commonwealth Games, Delhi. The experience was fantastic and it was amazing to be part of such a great team where we all pulled together and brought home one of Wales BEST EVER PERFORMANCES at a Commonwealth Games!!
I finished in 5th place which has to be one of the highlights of my career to date and left me hungry for more. 2011 has been a great season for me to be consistent and to win the Aviva UK Trials & Championships with a personal best (78.63) was a great feeling and edging ever closer to that Olympic Qualifying standard.
2012 has been a frustrating year with season starting off with promise; I had hit the best opener ever with a throw of 3 metres over this but suffered an ankle injury in May. I still managed to throw a personal best of 79.72m and an Olympic ‘B’ Standard but wasn’t enough to gain selection for the team. This was very heartbreaking but after my operation and the pain of missing out on my life-long goal, this has given me more hunger and drive to succeed and reach my targets. So I hope you enjoy my website and all the latest news on my build up over the next 4 years leading into Rio 2016 Olympic Games!
After much thinking, I am now based at Loughborough in The Midlands where I will be training full time with my new coach David Parker. I have looked at the view that I will be staying here for 4 years in the build up to The Rio Olympics in 2016 where I hope to reach the final of the javelin and really looking forward to the future with a superb team around me where we are all striving to be the best! 2014 is a very big and exciting year with very big expectations, starting with retaining my UK title from 2011, 2012 & 2013 to competing and hopefully gaining medals at The Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and at The European Championships shortly after!!
|City of Birth:||Carlisle|
|City of Residence:||Cardiff|
|Personal Best:||79.72m (Birmingham- 23/06/12)|
|Hobbies:||Coaching in Primary and Secondary Schools, Athletics Performance Coaching, Personal Training (www.Pulse-Performance.com) and hitting a few at the driving range!