I've been in the room for a fair few memorable team captain speeches. But, perhaps for the pure simplicity of it, Jodie Williams' 2021 European Indoor Champs speech is the stickiest. Two words: Back yourself. It sticks all the more because of what I know (who really knows what someone has or is going through?)… Continue reading 2022 Part 2: Three Questions to ask for a better shot next time!
Tag: life of an athlete
14 Years Later… I’m Going to The Commonwealth Games!
I first competed at the Commonwealth Games (albeit the youth version) in 2008. Fourteen years later, I've been selected to represent Team England at my first (real) Commonwealth Games (the Commonwealth Youth Games doesn't count at the Senior performance level). If I'm honest, this one has taken longer to achieve than my Olympic dream. In… Continue reading 14 Years Later… I’m Going to The Commonwealth Games!
The Olympic Experience – Tokyo 2021
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...
My Olympic Debrief: I’m An Olympic Finalist + BONUS Coaching Tips!
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 My Olympic Debrief: I’m An Olympic Finalist + BONUS Coaching Tips!
MY OLYMPIC UPDATE: WE MADE IT!
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 MY OLYMPIC UPDATE: WE MADE IT!
Autumn Vibes – Regaining Focus in Fall
If you make it through my excitement about autumn leaves on the ground, let me share with you my wind-down, wellness strategies and the power of effective journaling for a good night's sleep...
Top 5 Highlights Of The Week – Wellness Wednesday
Last week was filled with positive events I'm keen to celebrate here for posterity and simply to keep me (and you, my dedicated reader!) smiling. As I try to post these blogs every Wednesday with a #WellnessWednesday theme and because the latter end of last week was a little bit miserable emotionally (we all have… Continue reading Top 5 Highlights Of The Week – Wellness Wednesday
Check out my Athletics Profile on YouTube!
Hey! I’m sure you’ve already seen my Athletics Profile on the About section of my site, but why not check it out again for a video update and some additional info on my 2020 season! My first competition was okay - my furthest indoor season opener ever (by 1cm ha!). You can read more about… Continue reading Check out my Athletics Profile on YouTube!
Perks of Training with a Team: Stellenbosch with British Athletics
I recently shared my thoughts on the perks of training alone. So now, let me give my two-pence on probably the preferred alternative - training with a complete, holistic coaching team. Aston Moore has thankfully taken over the in-person coaching role that I clearly so desperately needed (but didn’t realise I did). Being… Continue reading Perks of Training with a Team: Stellenbosch with British Athletics
#AskAbs Training Alone – Perks vs Problems
Perks are numerous. And it was initially really difficult for me to think about the negatives. But I wanted to give a balanced and honest assessment of my training regime, because Maris asked. And maybe others are wondering the same. Control For a start, I like to curate my own training program (from Dan Pfaff's… Continue reading #AskAbs Training Alone – Perks vs Problems