When I was nearly 10 years into my Army career I was injured in my right foot and lower leg. Six months later I was diagnosed with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), a chronic neurological pain condition for which there is no known cure yet.
I was medically discharged from the Army in 2016 and really missed being able to be active and playing sport. Luckily, the British Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) ran taster sessions for players new to wheelchair tennis and I went along to a few of these.
The bug bit again and my passion for the sport guided me to trialling for the 2017 Invictus Games. I made the team and my doubles partner and I won the bronze medal in the wheelchair tennis event.
Post the Games, I was invited on to the LTA Adult Development Squad and it snowballed from there on.
I was selected for the Paralympic Inspiration Programme courtesy of the British Paralympic Association (BPA) and Help for Heroes (H4H) and started competing professionally in February 2018.
Thank you. Muchas gracias. Merci beaucoup. Grazie mille.
Helping me to reach my potential is my coach, Lauren Harrington and a small team of LTA Performance Player pathway specialists.
I am delighted to welcome The OppO Foundation and BLESMA on board for much valued practical support in 2020 and for the ongoing input from RGK and Help for Heroes.
Central to my life as an athlete and a human being is the irreplaceable encouragement my family, close friends and my evolving Christian faith provides.
There are lots of other people who have also been instrumental in my development as an athlete. Every one of these unsung heroes deserves my thanks in helping me to shape my determination, resilience and commitment on court.