Growing up near Manchester, UK, there's not much farther from the sea that you can get on this island nation, and I wasn't surrounded by the sailing culture that exists on the south coast. I was a natural athlete with a competitive streak, playing on school teams ranging from hockey and netball, to indoor rowing, cross country and waterpolo. I was also a water baby from the start, disappearing for hours on family holidays to Cornwall to go surfing or body-boarding.
Altough sailing wasn't an obvious choice, it was during the summer of 2007 on holiday to Fowey during Regatta Week that my dad confessed he'd love to learn to sail himself. This inspired my mum to join the whole family up at Redesmere Sailing Club that autumn.
There, at age 8, my sailing journey began...
Following our summer holiday in Cornwall, my mum bought a family membership at Redesmere Sailing Club. I began learning to sail on Friday afternoons after school.
I began racing Toppers following encouragement from a member of Redesmere. I turned up to the Regional Championships and qualified into the U14 regional North West Zone Squad.
Working my way up through Toppers, I was selected for the National Intermediate Squad. The following year I got a series of Top 10 and Girls Podium results at national competitions.
I made the transition into the larger Youth and Womens Senior class - the Laser Radial. I was picked to join the GB U16 Transition Squad to help me move into this new boat.
My first year sailing at U19 level. I won the Cheshire Young Sports Achiever of the year for my commitment to both my sailing and my studies.
I qualified into the U19 GB Team and began training down at the National Sailing Academy in Weymouth regularly.
I took a year out to settle into university, where I explored other types of sailing.
I was the Captain of my university's Team Racing team and also joined as a member of the British Keelboat Academy, learning how to sail yachts and keelboats, as well as starting Match Racing.
I missed the competition of Laser sailing and decided to make a comeback. Despite having fallen behind due to my year out, I trained hard to get myself back up into the U21 GB Team.
My results were a mixed bag. I was Ladies National Champion, however at the U21 Worlds in Croatia I had a really hard time and seriously considered retiring.
Race season was mostly cancelled due to coronavirus, aside from Nationals and Senior Europeans. I was given the opportunity to join the Olympic Transition Squad and train alongside the Senior GB Team.
I made huge improvements through training with the senior team. Not only did I graduate with a 1st from the University of Exeter and start sailing full-time, but I also came top 50 at both Euros and Worlds.