Teams: Great Britain
DOB: 1st April 1985
I was very lucky throughout my career to have a huge support network around me to help me achieve at the highest level and these people continue to have an influence on my life today. My parents were very keen from a young age that although I trained for many hours, I also needed to continue with my education as a back-up. Unfortunately none of us know when or if something could go wrong. Many a sporting career has ended in a flash. Looking back I am very grateful for this as it has really helped me to create a career away from the competitive gymnastics field.
Retiring from gymnastics was such a hard decision, which I thought about for a year. I think everyone except for me knew that when I finished that routine in London 2012 that would be my last competition.
“Gymnastics had been in my life since I was 7, what else was I meant to do, did I have anything else to offer, what was I meant to do with my life? I did already have a gymnastics company set up but I still worried.”
With a lot of help and support from both Steve and those around me, the answer is yes! I don’t by any means know everything but in many ways it is very similar to when I was 7 years old in the gym. I have so much to learn, I will make mistakes but it is an exciting time.
The main thing is I am very passionate about what I do and I have now realised that my gymnastics career taught me so much more than winning medals and those life skills are now helping me in my everyday life.
I want to share that experience through my work with Switch the Play and help athletes at every level through a smooth transition.