- GO GOLD Ambassador
- British Bobsleigh Association
- Rawlins Academy
- Achievements from Application:
- Youngest ever to represent Great Britain in the IBSF Bobsleigh World Cup
This athlete also receives free leisure facility access from: Charnwood Borough Council & Fusion Lifestyle
After a few weeks off of rest and recovery I’m now back in the gym and on the track preparing for next season! Have a weeks training camp from Monday onwards to get my body prepared for summer off season training!
So March brings the end of what was the strangest season to date. With over 25 covid tests this season my nostrils are finally at rest! It’s been a good few months on ice and as ever I’m grateful to be able to compete during these testing times. We had some great results as a team and look to build on them going into olympic year this coming October!
As January closes, we reflect on a successful season so far, with a personal best for us as a team with an 11th place finish on the Europa Cup race here in Igls, Austria. I am now still in Austria as we slide 4-man in preparation for the last race of the season in Konigsee, Germany at the end of the month!
Now my hamstring and ankle have healed I am back to pushing on the push track here in Bath and back on the roll-bobs (bobsleighs on wheels) on the indoor athletics track. This is great progress for me and will help me transfer my strength into transitional power. Bring on the winter!
In such an unprecedented time, the world of. bobsleigh is no different. With the constantly changing season plans, myself and the team look to head out to Germany for a pre season training camp n ice prior to the newly scheduled races at the end of November. This is all subject to change with the current Covid climate but I look forward to returning to the ice and seeing what I can produce!
The IBSF (bobsled governing body) released a statement confirming that there will be no races or competitions this side of Christmas with many tracks being closed till the new year. This only benefits me as it allows me to fully recover and get back to full strength without missing any races!
After a couple of weeks of pure rest to reduce the swelling in my ankle, I saw a specialist physio in Leeds who has put together a comprehensive rehab programme so I will be fit for push testing in October! I will be following this and hopefully make good progress and return to pushing sooner than I thought!
Unfortunately I suffered a grade 2 hamstring tear in my right leg during a sprint session, which also led to me tearing my ATFL in my left ankle. I am looking at 6-8 weeks recovery time. However this will not undo all the hard work I have put in during lockdown and will get fit for winter in October!
As with a lot of athletes nationwide, I have been massively affected by Covid-19, all my training facilities shut down for months and not being able to train with the rest of the GB Team.
However before lockdown was put in place I moved house to my training partner, Axel who has a full home gym, so I have been able to maintain my strength in there and my speed on any grass or road I can. Covid-19 won't stop my road to Beijing 2022.
Let season was dramatically cut short with a crash in November resulting to a fractured fibular in my right leg, requiring ORIF surgery to put a metal plate to secure my leg. I am now 5 months post op and am back lifting and doing basic running drills. The impact of Covid-19 will be huge on the sporting world but I will continue to train in my training partners garage gym who I have now moved in with.
So having secured some external sponsorship and putting my LRS GoGold Award towards it, my team have raised the funds to secure the first half of the season which will see me compete in North America before Christmas and hopefully in Europe after Christmas (funding dependent). Now I have a leaving date my training intensity has increased and I look forward to seeing my progress when we get out there in November!
So I am still playing catch up having torn my pec minor and rotator cuff just over 3 months ago. However I am now back in the gym and back on the track down in Bath. Training is slow but that was expected after such a big injury but I am back to squatting heavy and pushing sleds again and looking forward to getting a solid block of training in over the next month before University starts!
After tearing my pec minor 10 weeks ago I am now well on my way to full fitness, having started my rehab program and back squatting heavy and sprinting, I prepare for summer evaluations to see where I am at physically within the team.
6 weeks ago I suffered a grade 2 tear to my Pectoralis minor and my rotator cuff whilst bench pressing during a gym session.
Having took time out to let it heal I am now back into light training and preparing for the coming winter season providing we secure some external funding!
During the summer as usual I go back and train with my karate team, Team Rankine in Leicester and I'm proud to say that I retained my titles of BUCS Champions in the team kumite (fighting) blue ribbon event, the first time Bath University have done so, with me not losing a fight or conceding any points including an 8-0 win in the spot lit final!
After our GBR1 2-man crew of Nick Gleeson and Bradley Hall secured our best ever World Championship finish in 50 years with a 4th place in Whistler last March, UK Sport made the decision to cut all lottery funding for the GB Bobsleigh Team. I am now unsure of my future within the sport and await the news of our appeal.
I made history as the youngest British Bobsleigh Athlete to compete on the IBSF World Cup in Winterberg Germany. I pushed in a 4-man crew with Olympians Brad Hall and Ben Simons alongside Alan Toward to a 12th fastest start and a 17th place finish.
Back to University means back to full time training, I am now preparing for my final evaluation of the year this Saturday which decides the team for the coming season starting on mid October. Having finished 4th at the last testing I am in good spirits and have some confidence going forward into this weekend.
After returning from a short holiday in France I have recently started a new strength training block in the gym which is proving to be very beneficial to my squats in particular. I recently hit a personal best of 220kg for 5 reps on back squat. I now look forward seeing what I can do at the next evaluation.
Pre season is now in full swing and the whole team is preparing for the first evaluation of the year. With the announcement of little funding from U.K. Sport this year, support from LRS GoGold becomes invaluable as I gear up to establish myself as a contender for the coming season.
Having finished my first year of university last week, I am now back to balancing a part time job and full time training. Finishing University was a great relief as balancing a job, my sport and a degree can be very challenging, however having completed all the courseworks and sat all the exams, my full focus goes back to bobsleigh as I prepare for training and push camps in bath and hopefully abroad this summer!
Once again I am honoured to be a named athlete supported by LRS GoGold this year. This support helps relieve some of the financial pressure of what is an expensive sport. Not only this, but the recognition of being on this programme is something I value very highly, so thank you to everyone involved who secured me this award!
Proud to announce that I have been called up for a training camp in Altenberg, Germany before Christmas. I will be pushing the pilots going to the Olympic Games in February, this is great chance for me to show my coaches and team mates that I have a bright future in the sport. None of this would be possible if I didn't have the support of LRS Go Gold!
Having moved to The University of Bath at the end of September, I am now fully settled in. This move has meant I can focus fully on my sport whilst doing a degree alongside. I am studying Sport Performance (Bsc). I am now training full time with the rest of the GB team and am feeling good going into the Christmas break.
In what is a dark time for British Bobsleigh with funding cuts and the loss of key staff members, I attended Olympic Trials last Monday where I beat several senior athletes and one of the senior pilots on the push track in Bath. I was the youngest athlete by 4 years which impressed my fellow GB team members and the coaching staff. I'm now waiting for the plans for what will be potentially my best season to date.