How did you get into sport?
I was an energetic, creative child. I loved bodyweight exercises, tumbles and cartwheels. At 4 and a half years old, my Mum enrolled me in a local Gymnastics Club to provide a focus for me, and to channel my abundance of energy.
What has been the biggest challenge you have overcome?
My journey to Commonwealth gold met many obstacles along the way! Fitting in at school was not always easy for me as someone who was small for my age. My progression through the ranks was challenging; it took 23 years to finally fulfil my childhood dream of taking home a Commonwealth gold medal.
What are your three biggest achievements in sport?
- Won Scotland’s first Gymnastics Commonwealth Games Gold Medal (Manchester 2002)
- Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games – Athlete Village Chieftan!
- Ninja Warrior UK finalist (2017).
When and why did you get involved with the Athlete Mentor programme?
I started as an Athlete Mentor sometime around 2009 so I have had the pleasure of being involved for a number of years now. I saw it as an opportunity to use my story and the knowledge I have collected throughout my sport and life journey to give back by inspiring others.
Who most inspired you and why?
My parents. They provided for me and contributed everything that they could to give me direction, purpose, and the fulfilment of my dream. I couldn’t have done any of it without them.
What has been your favourite moment as a YST Athlete Mentor?
I have travelled the length and breadth of Scotland, from the Lowlands to the Highlands and Islands to inspire thousands of young people to believe in themselves a little bit more than they did before. I once visited a behavioural school in Fife, where the boys were disengaged from mainstream education. They created the most amazing sports day, with minimum resources and adult input. The dedication, teamwork, creativity and life-skills they displayed were first-class, a credit to themselves and a wonderful contribution to the community that they live in.