My Story

As a sporty youngster I quickly found my place in the pool, progressing through the ranks of the local swimming club and winning Age Group National Championships at the age of 12. At the age of 14, I won five golds at the European Youth Olympics, and over the following two years stepped up to win six European Junior gold medals. I qualified for my first senior team at 15, and my first Olympic Games in 2008, aged 17, where I finished sixth in the 200m backstroke. I went on to be twice crowned senior European Champion, and have been fortunate enough to bring home a number of medals from Commonwealth Games and World Championship competitions. As well as my debut in Beijing, I competed at the London Olympic Games in 2012, achieving a fourth place finish in the 200m backstroke.

Having retired in 2018, I now hold the Vice Chair role of the British Olympic Association Athletes’ Commission, bringing athlete perspective to Team GB support programmes. I am also a Non-Executive Director of the BAC, promoting athlete welfare across the high-performance system. Alongside my roles within high-performance sport, I work with a number of businesses, linking elite sport to the corporate arena to optimise human performance in any industry.

I am passionate about using my experiences from elite sport to help young people develop and thrive, and I have many years experience running masterclasses and workshops with clubs and schools, both in the UK and internationally.

Sporting Achievements

  • Double Olympian (Beijing 2008, London 2012)
  • Fourth-place finish in the 200m backstroke at 2012 London Olympics
  • Double European Champion (2008, 2010)
  • Commonwealth Games Silver Medallist (2010)
  • World Short Course Silver Medallist (2008)
  • 13 x British Champion
  • Current British Record Holder
  • Previous European and Commonwealth Record Holder