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.
Passionate about supporting and enhancing the journey for future British athletes, I now Chair the British Olympic Association’s Athletes’ Commission, ensuring that athlete perspective is harnessed to help drive decision-making across the organisation.
In addition, since retiring from professional competition, I’ve become fascinated by how the systems and habits of elite performers translate across industry and have found synergy between the world of elite sport and the corporate arena.
In this capacity, I enjoy delivering key-note speeches, performance programmes and interactive wellbeing workshops to a varied range of clients. Insatiably curious about my own performance and wellbeing as an athlete, I am now passionate about supporting others to fulfil their own potential in life.
- 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