Athlete Biography

As a teenager I was a Paralympic swimmer, and once I retired from swimming after the Atlanta Paralympics in 1996, I took up road running to keep fit. In 2006, a work colleague asked if I would be interested in doing the London Triathlon with her. I am unable to resist a physical challenge and so agreed. I hadn’t ridden a bike for over ten years but was able to use me father’s old road bike, which I had adapted for me. I thoroughly enjoyed my first triathlon and entered a few sprint races in the following two years. At the end of 2009 I became aware of paratriathlon in the UK and the opportunities available to paratriathletes internationally.

During a average training week, I typically swim for three hours, bike for six hours, and run for three. My personal best swim time (750m) is 12.31, bike (20km) is 37.29, and run (5km) is 21.50. My triathlon goals are to be the very best athlete I can be and to compete in triathlon at the 2016 Paralympic Games.

Outside of triathlon, I currently work full-time for Deloitte LLP in London.

Athlete Sponsors: GE, Deloitte UK LLP, Snugg Wetsuits, Fusion, Scobi IT

Athlete Language: English

Athlete Tri Entry Year: 2006

Athlete Education: 2:1 MA Honours in English Language and Literature from the University of St Andrews, Scotland.

Athlete Proudest Moment: Becoming World Champion in 2009 on the Gold Coast, Australia. My proudest swimming moment was becoming Paralympic Champion in the women\'s S9 50m freestyle in a world record time at the 1992 Paralympic Games in Barcelona.

Athlete Coach: Andrea Whitcombe

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