In 1991 when they opened Ponds Forge in Sheffield I was invited to join the swimming squads they were setting up, after a couple of years swimming competitively and watching all the people in the other pool throwing themselves around off diving boards I decided that I wanted to give diving a try myself as it looked much more fun than swimming up and down, I was right!.
I started diving when I was 9 years old and after a few months working my way up through the diving lessons scheme I was invited to join the diving squads where I made my way through the competitive pathway to representing Team GB at a number of junior international events. At the age of 16 I completed my level 1 diving coach qualification and started doing part time coaching alongside my training in Sheffield and also coaching diving lessons in Barnsley. I continued to coach part time while still competing until I was 19 when due to a combination of injury and studying at university I decided to stop diving and focus more on coaching.I worked as a coach for 10 years at City of Sheffield Diving Club, and became the assistant head coach and coaching divers to go-on and win medals at Novice, Age Group and Elite Junior national level and was lucky enough to have taken divers to junior international events, along with being invited to attend the LEN international coaching conference in Russia in 2010. After 10 years I decided it was time to take on a different challenge and move on to start something new. I took on the job of Head Coach of a new pool built in Corby, East Midlands to set up a new diving scheme in the town. After spending a year in Corby setting up their diving scheme from scratch the opportunity came available to become the Head Coach and Development Manager in Harrogate. I have now been Head Coach in Harrogate for 3 ½ years having a great experience coaching the clubs top divers.