I started playing volleyball at 10 years old in my hometown, Preston, UK. Ashton VC was a great introduction, as the coach had a fantastic reputation for developing young athletes. I became hooked on the game and never looked back.
At 14, I was asked to join the North of England cadets and one year later I was setting for the England Cadet 16U National Team. I played my first major European tournament in Belgium and by 16, I moved on to the England Junior 18U National team. At 17, I represented England Juniors in the European Championships. The most pivotal point in my career was when I became a member of the England Senior National team at 18 years old and was chosen to play a test series against Saudi Arabia.
I went onto study Bsc International Tourism Management at Sheffield Hallam University. I was asked to be part of the Sheffield Elite Athlete Program, which was also the national development team. I captained the university team from freshman to senior year, which was a huge honor. In 2003, we won the British University Championships (BUSA) and I was MVP in 2006. During my college playing days we qualified for the European University championships (EUSA), which was the Elite championship for the top teams in Europe. In 2006, I became a member of the Great Britain Squad, which was preparing for the 2012 Olympics.
In 2008, due to injuries and ambitions outside of volleyball, I decided to retire and travel the world. One way or another I was always involved in the sport throughout my travels and was astonished to see how many people play volleyball and love it as much as I do.
I now have the pleasure of coaching young ambitious athletes and my goal is to pass on everything I was taught to give them the highest chance of success.