But that's not what I want to share with you in this post; I want to give you the insider's view of the Olympic experience, including shadowing my steps from my arrival at Heathrow airport, Terminal 5 to the Team GB holding camp in Yokohama, Japan to entering the Olympic village filled with athletes from countless sports and nations across the world and my first look at the incredible stadium - devoid of people, but filled with the weight of expectation and thick with the anticipation of competitors, coaches and citizens of Japan, volunteering to guide, encourage and cheer us on. Are you ready? It's a long read...
Am I thinking about retiring again? Well yes, but not anytime soon! This is more of a reminder to athletes out there to prepare for life after sport and some of the options to help them do that, especially for those on the UK Sport WCPP and British Athletes. Find out more...
Egypt would never have been my first choice of off-season holiday destination. My vision for this final trip before returning to a hard winter of training was sun and relaxation. And Egypt didn’t seem like the best destination to achieve this. But, honestly, I got all I wanted with the bonus of a new cultural... Continue Reading →
When finishing 11th in the world feels like failure. That’s what I originally wanted to title this blog in the immediate aftermath of my Olympic final. But thankfully I’ve had a week to reflect. (I drafted this blog on 10th August!) With friends, family and fans of the sport sending encouraging messages and celebrating my... Continue Reading →
I'M GOING TO TOKYO! I'M GOING TO BE AN OLYMPIAN! Ah! Glad I've got that off my chest! How does it feel to be selected to represent Team GB at the 2021 Tokyo Olympic Games? A relief. I don’t yet feel the excitement everybody seems to be feeling around me. I'm not buzzing or over... Continue Reading →
Mental Health Awareness Week’s theme for 2021 is ... nature! Nature’s Positive Boost To Mental Health As you scroll through the site - mentalhealth.org.uk - you’ll find blogs on ‘top tips for connecting with nature’ and a great initiative to ‘Take Action, Get Active’ where you can get active and explore nature, whilst raising vital... Continue Reading →
“People with PTSD have their floodgates wide open. Lacking a filter, they are on constant sensory overload. In order to cope, they try to shut themselves down and develop tunnel vision and hyper-focus. If they can’t shut down naturally, they may enlist drugs or alcohol to block out the world. The tragedy is that the... Continue Reading →
“But there have been people who have said yes [to life and the responsibility within it] despite all difficulties. And when the inmates in the Buchenwald concentration camp sang in their song, ‘We still want to say yes to life’, they did not only sing about it, but also achieved it many times - they... Continue Reading →
On this day in 2008, twelve years ago, I received the frustrating news that I’d once again been missed off the ‘Talent’ program for UKAthletics Funding. It seems this was my second year failing to be selected for this program (as per my silly Facebook rant - I have a love-hate relationship with these FB... Continue Reading →
Do you ever wish you could celebrate yourself the way kids do at every single achievement - big or small?! I was at the hairdressers this week and one of the women in the shop saw her son do something that obviously warranted celebration because she kept repeating this phrase with incredible enthusiasm: 'Clap for yourself. Clap for yourself!' When was the last time you clapped for yourself like this?