Can you tell me a little bit about your background?
I am judo player. I have been doing judo for 17 years and competing for Great Britain for 10 years. I’ve been a full time athlete for 6 years. I am originally from London but living in Edinburgh. I relocated about a year to train full time in lead up to Rio.
Lot of experience then, can you tell me your biggest achievement?
I have quite a few achievements but I think my biggest achievement is my world cup medals. I have two world cup bronzes, couple of European cup medals, and I’ve been British Champion four times
Very impressive! Having won those, what quality do you have that stands out for the rest and helped you win all those medals?
In any sport, you have to be really determined. Determination and resilience are two of the biggest qualities that you can have, and willingness to work hard and to put your sport first and actually do whatever it takes to get to the top.
Have you had any challenges you have overcome?
Yes, I have quite a few challenges, just like in any sport, like getting injuries and knockbacks. You just have to deal with it. I have had quite a few injuries, and I have had three knee surgeries. They have been quite prominent. I have had periods when my mother has been quite ill. Outside of sport, there are challenges you have to face
How have you dealt with those as that is a lot of challenges?
Each of them are quite individual. You get coping strategies and get advice on coping. Until you actually go through it, you have to look at your options and most of the time, make some difficult choices. As long as you stay focused and realise what you want to achieve or what you are working towards, and you are supported in goals, its quite easy, I mean its difficult at the time. Looking back at it, as long as you make the difficult choices, then its fine
You are suffering injury right now, and have suffered quite a few injuries. What advice would you give other athletes going through the same thing as you?
I think injury is difficult as you lose out on what you love doing. I think it is important to stay focused on getting back and you remember that there is a pathway to get back to competing again. Keep it in your mind that you will be competing again. I think it is easy to become disillusioned by rehab and operations but as long as you have a focus and something to aim towards, then you should be able to stay on the right track and get back just as you were competing before.
What is the best advice anyone has ever given you?
Best advice is to be prepared to make hard choices.
The best advice I would give someone is just be prepared to work really hard. If you are prepared to work hard, then you can achieve anything and you can go as far as you want.