It’s 11am and I am currently in bed. I just got back from trials in Glasgow so I am feeling a little tired after a successful week of racing.
The main thing that I love is standing on that medal podium; nothing beats that feeling, or the feeling of walking out in front of a crowd who are cheering your name. When you hear that, all those 5am mornings and the hard work and sacrifices are worth it. Standing on the podium at London 2012 in particular was the best feeling of my life. I also love the feeling of being healthy and fit; that release of endorphins and relieving of stress.
In my teenage years I was very self conscious. Missing my lower left arm there were a lot of challenges to overcome. At that age you think the world is looking at you and talking about you, which is rubbish – they probably couldn’t care less. All I wanted to do was blend in and I didn’t think I could. I thought that people wouldn’t like me, that I wouldn’t get a boyfriend, and lots of other things. I think getting over that has been my biggest life challenge. In the pool it’s always about striving to be the best you can be. There are always things you can improve on and I am never completely satisfied with what I have done.
Experiencing the Olympics in London. Even though I didn’t achieve what I wanted to achieve, the crowd and everything were amazing; it still gives me goosebumps. We lost the gold medal by 0.02 seconds to Australia but the crowd just seemed so happy to see you representing your country which was wonderful. It was a real mix of emotions from a real high to a real low, but we did our best. That time it wasn’t good enough, but hopefully we can change at Rio.
When I am with my friends, family and boyfriend. I have got some great people around me who have supported me through lots of highs and lows.
When I was growing up it was my coach Robin Brew. He was such an inspirational person in my life – he achieved so much in his own career, and being coached by someone who had been to the Olympics themselves was amazing. I also really admire my family though, and the way they have brought me up. My parents never treated me differently to my other sisters even though I was missing an arm.
My spending time with family and friends… and sleeping – I do love my sleep. As an athlete you get used to napping in the day. I also find listening to music really helpful because I struggle to relax normally and am really energetic – even watching the TV I am usually doing something else as well! I need to work on that!
Peter Pan, because I never want to grow up!
Anything! Massages, facials, I love treating and pampering. I don’t get around to it enough, I think we all get so caught up in the business of life that we don’t relax enough.
…Happy, confident and comfortable in her own body. So many women are not comfortable in their own bodies because of stereotypes; I hate airbrushing
I have actually got week off so I am going to see family, who I don’t get to see often, for my dad’s 60th birthday. It is a rare occurrence to see them all and not to have to say I can’t make it because of training, so I am looking forward to that and will enjoy letting my hair down.
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