I was a keen athlete before I was diagnosed with a rare bone tumour in 2001. After 2 years of surgery the tumour had returned and the decision was made to amputate my leg when I was 14. I spent the next few years getting back to being a teenager but after university was keen to get back into sport. Following London 2012, British Cycling did a campaign to get more women involved in the Paracycling team. I attended a testing day and then joined the talent ID programme for 6 months. I was confirmed as a development athlete in May 2014 and moved up to academy in October 2015.
I had a great summer of racing in 2015 competing in my first World Cup and World Championships on the road. The highlight of this was achieving bronze at the UCI Paracycling World Cup in South Africa.
“The membership to the Better Gyms through the GLL Sport Foundation meant I could focus on this part of my training without worrying about being on the road. Having access to these facilities has made a huge difference to my rehab and I wouldn’t have been able to make such quick progress without it.”
On a training ride out to Richmond Park in late September, a few weeks after this I was hit at a junction by a double decker bus turning across a junction. Despite breaking the windscreen, I was incredibly lucky to walk away from the incident. My bike was also still in one piece which, as any cyclist will tell you, is the first major concern! I was taken to A&E by my boyfriend where I was checked over and X rayed. In addition to a lot of bruising, I broke my right collarbone right on the tip of my shoulder. I had to spend a week off the bike before I could start on the indoor trainer again and spent the next
6 weeks not using my right arm at all – tricky when I’m right handed!
Not being able to ride meant it was a good time to start my strength and conditioning programme in the gym. The membership to the Better Gyms through the GLL Sport Foundation meant I could focus on this part of my training without worrying about being on the road. Having access to these facilities has made a huge difference to my rehab and I wouldn’t have been able to make such quick progress without it. I am now back to full strength and am looking forward to the coming season.