I was born in Wigan and grew up in St Helens. My mum and dad were both involved with sport, my dad being a Bodybuilder and my mum being a long - distance runner. With St Helens being a Rugby League town, that was always going to be my first path.
At 5 years old I started to play Rugby League. It wasn’t till I was 8 years old, that there was a judo demonstration in my school, I watched it, liked the look of it, so my dad took me along. I was then doing judo three times a week and rugby twice a week so I was pretty active.
As I got a little older, I was getting success in both. I was part of the St Helens Scholarship Scheme and toured Australia with these as well as being British Championfor my age and weight category in judo.
At 14, I was taking more of a liking towards my Judo rather than the rugby. I wanted to be a little more serious with this so I quit rugby and focussed more on my Judo. I was then training every night of the week and sometimes my coach would come into school through the day and would also do some training on my dinner break.
At 18 years old I moved to Dartford to train full time at the British Judo Performance Institute, after realising this wasn’t for me, I moved back up north before relocating to Camberley Judo Club a couple of years later where I have been training full time ever since.
My Successes Include:
* 6 x British Champion
* 4 x European Cup Medals
* 10 x World Cup Medals
* 2014 Commonwealth Games Champion