Get to know him
How did you get into athletics and your event in particular?
I have come into athletics very late. I fell out of love with rugby when I was 17, and went down to the Wales Newport Harriers to try different events out – at first, I wanted to be a javelin thrower, which lasted about 20 minutes as I was told that I am too tight and too fat! That’s when I got sent over to try shotput.
In my first year, it was really the social side of athletics that kept me going. I was beating lots of kids who were not that into competing, so making friends was a big reason for me to stay interested in the sport. As I trained more, I lost a lot of weight and this really helped me push on with my development.
In what areas do you think you learn lessons from over the last year?
I have now completed 3 full seasons, but I still feel everything is quite new. This year I learnt so much more about throwing, and areas that still need to be improved. My coach said that there are only ever 3 perfect throws in a typical shotput career, and I definitely don’t feel I have had one of those yet, so I always feel that I have so much further to go.
How do you manage the work/ life balance at Royal Veterinary College?
The university-athletics relationship can get very turbulent for me. It’s very difficult when you’re aching every day of every week and going into university, having to always keep in mind the long-term goal of your training and your academic work. For example, in my training, the gym is very important, and doing things like 105kg chest press correctly to train my fast twitch, and to improve my speed, whilst not getting slow, is a challenge.
Targets and goals for the upcoming season?
I feel relatively unambitious for BUCS Indoors, so the big goal for this year, having come missed out on 3rd place at BUCS Outdoors by less than a centimeter, is to win the Outdoor championship.
And finally, if you could say one thing to all current members, what would you say?
I think that athletics gives a release that is essential for your sanity in a hectic place like London! I would encourage people to get involved and compete until you no longer enjoy the sport, or you no longer need it in your life.