Having already established a fascination with water, on a holiday to the USA with my parents and my sister, I would run along the poolside and jump head first into the hotel pool. I guess I was showing a natural eagerness to dive even back then!
Soon after, I began my training. My grandfather was a caretaker at Linden Lodge, a school for multi disabled visually impaired and children with profound learning difficulties. The school had a swimming pool, and every weekend I would practise my swimming starting first wearing a swim vest with floats gradually taking each float out until I could swim un-assisted. I was only four at the time!
As my confidence grew in the water, it wasn’t long before my grandfather got a swimming block in the pool. I would then teach myself to dive, forwards, backwards and not long after that, somersaults.
When I was five years old, my parents saw an advert in the local newspaper for diving lessons at Crystal Palace Diving Club and that is when my diving journey really began. Within three months of training I was fortunate enough to be fast tracked through the badge scheme into my first real diving team.
From the age of eighteen, I have been a fully qualified coach, going through the assistant coach certification even earlier. I have now been diving for over 25 years and have been competing for Great Britain for more than 15 of them.
Following a journey through synchronised high diving – making it all the way to the Beijing Olympics, I have now found my true calling with the Red Bull World Cliff Diving Series. Cliff diving is a real passion for me – it ticks all the boxes and really gets the adrenaline pumping.
Who knows where my diving will take me next – all I know is I’m determined, focused and planning big things!