3rd June 2014

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How do you set your goals?

I set my goals based on what I have already achieved. Setting goals is key as when you achieve them you feel great success by doing so. I normally just come out with what I want to achieve for e.g. A new pb (personal best) , a qualification to a major event etc

Do you have a word, mantra or motto that you live your life by?

Yes I do, I love the quote 'Life is not measured by the amount of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away' I have no idea who said it but I first heard it in the film 'Hitch' and it is so true! Basically just live everyday as it comes and make the most of it.

What is your biggest source of motivation?

Knowing I could possibly be on the medal table in Rio 2016 and I will everything I can to make that happen.


Favourite place to train and why?

My favourite place to train would be when I train at the minute, which is Ponds Forge in Sheffield, as It wouldn't be the same training anywhere else after training there for so long.

Favourite training sessions?

My favourite training sessions are those when I swim fast and know I have given my all making it worth while.

Least favourite training sessions?

My least favourite sessions are those when I get out, feeling like I could have done better.

What exercise do you absolutely dislike but do anyway because you know it works?

There isn't really an exercise I don't like. I have got so used to doing things they feel natural instead of being something i don't like.

Favourite song/s you workout to?

I don't have favourites, but songs that are upbeat. Tiesto normally has some upbeat podcasts


What do you do to mentally train yourself?

Just make sure your always in the right frame of mind, and if not then I may want to see. Psychologist.

What weaknesses have you overcome and how?

A weakness I have overcome happened at London 2012 where I became I'll and wasn't able to perform at my best. I look back on it many of times and wonder what happened,but now I know something must have gone wrong. Now I just make sure I am healthy and ready to swim fast.

Do you have a word, mantra or motto that you live your life by?


What's your best advice for dealing with mental negativity? How do you get out of your own head?

Don't think about the past in a bad way think of it as something you can improve on, as you can always better what you do if you keep going at it and doing the right things.


What and where is your favourite race?

The 800 m freestyle would be my favourite race and swimming it in my home pool. It makes me feel as though I have an advantage as I train there and I am in my comfort zone.

When you go into competition, what's going through your head?

Nothing really goes through my head, just that I know that I have out all the hard work into training and racing will come off well if I just believe in myself.

When are you the most nervous while you are competing?

When stood on the blocks, but when I dive in and hit the water all nerves turn to adrenaline.

Do you hear the crowd roaring when you're competing?

Yes all the time. Sometimes you can pick out team mates but sometimes it's just too loud.

Best tip for race day?

Stay calm and chill out

What was the last piece of advice your coach said to you before you competed?

Relax, keep your stroke long and enjoy it.

What is your ultimate goal as an athlete?

To be on the medal table at Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games


What is your worst habit?

Quoting 'Yolo' quite often (you only live once)

If your life was a movie what would be the title?

Sun, Sea and Swimming - the adventure

If you were an animal what would you be and why?

A cat because they just do as they wish, eat and be lazy all day long.

Who would you say is your biggest fan and why?

My parents,they are always telling me how proud they are.

What are the 5 things you cannot live without?

  • Friends
  • A phone
  • My favourite pillow
  • Food
  • Water

What is something about you that many people do not know?

I have one leg longer than the other

Finish this sentence: 10 years from now, I will be:

Hopefully celebrating my swimming career, with a job, a family and a homely environment

What would you rather be doing right this second, rather than answering these questions?

Eating as it's one of my favourite things to do.....


Age 23
Location Sheffield
Sport Swimming
Years in sport 16


"Life is not measured by the amount of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away"