UK Swim Academy was set up to inspire the future Olympians of tomorrow into the sport I have done since I can remember.
Having stood on the starting blocks at both Sydney (2000) and Athens (2004) Olympic Games I know what it takes to get there. I also know how hard it is to get up at 0500 and combine it with a University degree! I was fortunate enough to have some pretty inspiring people around me though. I was coached throughout my career at Nova Centurion in Nottingham by Bill Furniss (Team GB Performance Director) and my training partner day in day out was double Olympic Gold Medallist Rebecca Addlington.
I am one of only a handful of swimmers to break the 15 minute barrier on 1500m Freestyle and am a Commonwealth Games Medallist Manchester (2002). I have also competed at every senior long and short course European and World Championship and am a multiple medallist in European and World Junior Competitions.
I finished swimming in 2004 and joined the Royal Air Force in 2005 as Aircrew flying the C130J Hercules. After endless trips and detachments to both Afghanistan, Iraq and the Falklands I have decided that now is the time to go and do something which is my passion. That’s how UK Swim Academy came about.