I am from Northern Ireland and I have been competing in athletics since the age of eight, thanks to my Dad being a British international athlete in the 1980s. I am still coached by my Dad and am pleased to be joining the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust team after a comeback season in 2019.

I got my first taste of major international competition at the 2010 Commonwealth games in Delhi at the age of sixteen and had success as a youth and junior at Irish, British and European level. I experienced several years of injury but made it back to fitness in 2014 where I made the Northern Irish team for the Commonwealth Games for a second time. After a very difficult time with my mental and physical health and a long time of sitting out from sport, I am back training and competing with hopes of making the European championships in 2020. I have great relationships with the women I compete against and love feeling supported by them in my athletics community. 

Outside of athletics my boyfriend and I own a coffee shop in Northern Ireland and I do catering for private events and supper clubs. I also have just finished my Masters degree in Sports Nutrition and hope to be able to use my degree to help other athletes have a healthy relationship with food and their bodies. 

I have recently shared my story of dealing with an eating disorder and the impact that has had on both my athletics career and personal life. I would love to help other young people prevent issues with food and body image and take any opportunity I can to raise awareness. My journey in sport has had so many starts and stops, with massive highs and also challenging lows. I never thought after a battle with anorexia athletica that I would be back doing what I love and I am very excited to start this next chapter with the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust. 

Giving Back

I am still in training but I'm looking forward to working with a community group based in Northern Ireland starting in October 2019. I have a real sense of responsibility to help my community by giving back in any way I can. 

 

Competitive Record

Commonwealth Games 2010 - Northern Ireland Team

British U20 400m champion - 2011 (championship record)

European U20 400m finalist & 4x400m gold - 2011

British senior indoors bronze - 2014

Irish senior 800m champion - 2014

British U23 800m champion - 2014

Commonwealth games semi-finalist - 2014 Northern Ireland Team

Irish senior 800m silver - 2019 

European Team Championships 800m - 2019 Ireland