2nd Year Photography at Camberwell
Tell us a bit about how you first got involved in your sport
I got involved in my sport at 14 when I was in the scouts, I joined a club and I began to go to small competitions with them. I loved competing from day 1, and I just wanted to improve and get better so I would go and practice in a freezing scout hut every week. From there I began to get selected for squads, first the national scout squad, and then later as I got better, the England Academy and GBRTS. It really has improved my confidence and I don’t know where I would be without all the friends and support that I get from the community within my sport.
What is a typical week for you?
My typical week is busy, my degree is demanding, so I am working on that 3 days a week from 9-5 plus lectures and 4 hours of travel a day. I get to the range once a week for 3 hours, but I train every day by doing balance exercises for a couple of hours a night. I love to work on collaborative projects and workshops so a lot of the rest of my time is spent working on those or at work. My weekends are almost always spent in Wolverhampton, where I train with my coach and my teammates. Although I do make time for the occasional evening off to catch up with my friends.
What are your greatest sporting achievements / what are you most proud of?
I am most proud of my performance at the Welsh Open because all of the work that I had done on balance and with my sports psychologist finally started to work. It resulted in me getting two golds and a bronze and I achieved a personal best score of 620.4. I also went to the Junior World Cup in Suhl this year which was an excellent experience that really made me focus on my goals and aspirations for my shooting career.
What are your sporting goals for the year?
This year I want to focus on maintaining a healthy lifestyle and working on my physical fitness to improve my stability and stamina during a match. I also want to focus on improving my psychological approach to competitions and optimising my overall technique! I want to finish on the podium at the British Open in February and go to the Nordic Championships in Finland this year.