"Taking part in the GO TRI event was a great experience, lots of fun and inclusive, with people of all abilities and experience levels taking part"
I have very mild cerebral palsy (CP) affecting my left leg mainly. Growing up I always wanted to be like other kids, and have been lucky to have such a supportive network around me – family, friends, teachers, coaches, who encouraged me to give everything a go, and always have a positive outlook on life.
Having not played much sport in school, apart from the odd kickabout, I was fortunate enough to discover and play for North East & Yorkshire CP Football team. We travelled the country to represent our region and even got the chance to play at St George’s Park, home of the England football team. It was joining the team that made me realise just how much I loved sport! Soon after joining, I was picked for trials with the England CP football team development squad, but unfortunately didn’t quite get there.
This didn’t deter me! Whilst at University studying for a Sports Science degree, I applied for the UK Sport ‘Discover Your Gold’ scheme and was invited to take part in para-cycling and para-triathlon trials. A fantastic opportunity and experience that fuelled my passion for sport and taking it to a higher level. Again, unfortunately I didn’t quite make the cut. But these experiences and opportunities have only encouraged and inspired me to keep pushing on and challenging myself wherever I can. Getting to meet and work with professional coaches and Paralympians along the way has been incredibly inspirational and motivating too.
My goal is to keep doing what I’m doing, training hard and entering events to progress and improve. I know I’ll do well if I keep level-headed and continue to push myself. Taking part in the GO TRI event was a great experience, lots of fun and inclusive, with people of all abilities and experience levels taking part. They are as competitive as you want them to be, which if you’re like me, you’ll give it your all. But at the end of the day, you are your only competition. The main thing with taking part in any sport or event is to enjoy yourself and have fun. I was chuffed with my finish, I came 4th in a time of just under 36 minutes, and can’t wait for my next event.