I WAS BORN IN BASILDON, ESSEX
I now live in the midlands – though my family would say I actually live at the National Sports Centre at Lilleshall, in Shropshire, because I spend so much time there! It’s where British Gymnastics is based, and the facilities are second to none, as you’d expect.
AS A TOT, I LOVED TUMBLING AROUND
At four years old – while watching my older sister – a gymnastics coach noted that I might have a natural aptitude for the sport. It was a happy bonding: I loved doing it, and if I was being encouraged to do it, then happy days.
And it went from there! Since I was nine I have been privileged to have been both an English and British national finalist every year, and have often emerged as the overall champion. And since that age I have also been a member of the Team GB development squad.
I HAVE A BIG DREAM
My dream to become an Olympic Gymnast will continue to drive me and as far as I’m concerned, being dedicated is a no brainer – I know that to be in contention, let alone earn selection, ‘dedication’ is going to be my buzzword.
I HAVE A GREAT TEAM
You need a fantastic team around you, and that I have – from my coaches at British Gymnastics, to the wonderful Brett Ince and Christine Still, my coaches at Park Wrekin Gymnastics Club, to my family, without whose support my journey wouldn’t even get past the starting point.
But my mum, my sister and my brother are all brilliant, and I cannot ever thank them enough. Especially my mum, who is also my driver for most of the time – but she’s always there for me.