How did you first get involved in your sport?
I first started in primary school playing a lot of different sports. We had a running club that would take place at lunch time on Thursdays where we would go to the country park and train. I then got asked to join the local running club and very quickly I realised running was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.
What do you enjoy the most about being a sportsperson?
The effortless feeling I get when I am running well. Standing on the line when everything has gone to plan in training and you have put every ounce into that one moment and you know you can win. Waking up in the morning and knowing I get to what I love to do every single day.
Who is your sporting hero and why?
Jessica Ennis because she went through the same injury I have been battling. She gives me reassurance that you can come back from it and still win gold!
Mary Peters because she was a great inspiration to Northern Ireland and brought divided communities together through her sport in a dark time. Her legacy continues to this day as she is a champion to all young athletes in Northern Ireland.
What does a typical week look like for you?
I train six days a week with three days on the track and three days in the gym doing strength and conditioning. I am also at college doing one A-Level - photography.
Monday: Morning - track (long session, 400m training)
Tuesday: Morning - gym (hard S&C session), afternoon - collage
Wednesday: Morning - gym (easier S&C session)
Thursday: Morning - track (something mid length - 120-200m)
Friday: Morning – college, afternoon - gym (medium S&C session)
Saturday: Afternoon - track (every 2 weeks I do a hill session, other than that it can be anything really from something short and quick to mid length)
How will your SportsAid Award help you?
My SportsAid Award will be vital in helping me achieve my goals and dreams of securing my selections for the Great Britain and Northern Irish team to compete at Rio 2016. The funding will go towards physiotherapy, nutrition, travel cost to everyday training, competition and ww training camps. Also kit and supplements. All of these are necessary for me to achieve my goals.
Who is the most influential person in your life and why?
My parents are the most influential people. They have supported me through everything. They my biggest fans, taxi driver, bank, personal assistants and many other roles. They were always there when I was going through low times during injury and illness to remind me why I was doing what I'm doing and they have always believed in my talent.
Has sport changed your life?
Yes sport has changed my life. It has allowed me to travel the world and meet lots of interesting people. There are very few other jobs where you get the chance to step out in front of 80,000 people cheering you on and willing you to win.
What do you do in your free time?
In my free time I like to walk my French Bulldog puppy, Luna. I love shopping and fashion. Going to the cinema and also resting for my next hard session.
- 2012: London 2012 Paralympics, 100m, 6th
- 2011: Ulster Schools Track and Field Championships (able bodied), 300m, 2nd
- 2011: IWAS World Junior Championships, 100m - 2nd, 200m – 1st
- 2011: IPC Athletic Championships, 100m - 6th, 200m – 3rd
- To come back from injury
- To get a really good winter under my belt to put me in the best place for next year
- To get selected for the world championship 2015 and to actually be able to complete a competition session without having to pull out due to injury (which I have had to do three years in a row)
- To do numerous PB's next season, I want to get below 58 seconds in the 400m at the World Championships in Doha 2015
- In the long-term I want to win gold at the Paralympics and hold the world record in the 400m. Another dream is to run fast enough to compete in the able bodied 400m relay team.
- Sport: Disability athletics
- Region: Northern Irel&
- Supporter: SSE
“My SportsAid Award will be vital in helping me achieve my goals and dreams of securing my selections for the Great Britain and Northern Irish team to compete at Rio 2016. The funding will go towards physiotherapy, nutrition, travel cost to everyday training, competition and ww training camps. Also kit and supplements. All of these are necessary for me to achieve my goals.”