I was born in Hastings England and began running at the age of 14 and competed strongly for the next 4 years at a national level finishing 2nd in the prestigious English Schools Championships at the age of 17. I then took a brief hiatus from running while studying Media Studies I returned to training and racing in 2007 and my performances were spotted by Coach Joseph Franklin of the University of New Mexico who offered me a scholarship to represent the university in Track and Field and Cross Country. I won two National collegiate titles while studying in the United States both in the mile and have gone on to run professionally. Since 2010 I have competed in many major competitions including the Commonwealth Games, World and European Championships. The highlights of my career have been finishing 2nd at European Indoor Championships in 2015 and 6th at the World Indoor Championships in 2016.
I have a master’s degree in Sports Administration Physical Education and am a student of the sport so I keep up with training developments and new theories. Over a lengthy career I’ve had many ups and downs and have had many experiences that make me an ideal coach and mentor. I have not always had success and have had to truly work for any success I have achieved. Coming back from huge form dips has shown my great determination and makes me an ideal leader. I have worked under three very different but renowned coaches along with training with some of the world’s best athletes. My coaching philosophy have been moulded through many experiences, and relationships I have had within running.
I began running at a young age and instantly found a love and a desire to achieve. My first coach and mentor, legendary Canadian coach Steve Gersten recruited me after seeing me run in my hometown of Regina in Canada. I joined his training group and began running with the Queen City Striders. I improved each and every year and started winning both local track meets and territorial meets before eventually winning my first XC national Championships in 2007 and going on to win 5 further Canadian Cross Country Championships. I went on to represent Canada at the World Junior level, finishing 20th at the World Junior Cross Country Championships in 2008, placed 7th in the 5000 meters and 13th at the 1500 meters at the World junior track and field championships in 2008.
In 2008 I went on to study and compete in the United States on a running scholarship. While there I represented the prestigious schools of the University of Washington and the University of North Carolina. I specialized in X Country finishing 2nd in the National College Association Championships in 2009 and finishing in the top 15 places in all four years I competed. While in the United States I went on to get my undergraduate degree in Geography and then my master’s degree in Sports Administration from the University of New Mexico. I have a keen interest in strength and conditioning as well as nutrition and like to look at how I can help performance from all angles.