August 2014

What an experience the Glasgow Commonwealth Games were for me. Obviously I was very disappointed not to be selected back in January, but sometimes that's just the way it goes. Therefore I made the most of the opportunity for the first time to watch my opponents from afar and learn from their mistakes and positives in their preparations and performances at a major championships. Having a backstage job made this very interesting and informative as I look forward and prepare for next season.

My job at Glasgow was in Sports Presentation, liaising with the technical officials that ran the events and the media/broadcast/announcers etc. Ensuring all ran smoothly in the eyes of the spectators at the event and watching on tv. Also to support the tv coverage, I did a lot of the BBC commentary which I know many people heard and hopefully enjoyed. For the spectators on the day I also spoke to the crowd for each event, preparing them for what was going to happen and building the atmosphere.

Having this role behind the scenes was great fun, but there is obviously nothing like actually competing. Glasgow has helped me build my CV content and importantly fuelled my enthusiasm for Rio 2016.

Print

July 2014

This month has seen my training step up a gear, travelling to Ipswich for an intense training camp. Predominantly training on my own is a challenge to maintain the intensity needed. Therefore these training camps are important to help me gain 1:1 coaching and reinvigorate my training in Devon. It was great to return home and be able to cheer on the Helpful Holidays cricket team, who played Gidleigh Park Hotel. Such a beautiful day, in picturesque Chagford and raising money for a great charity. There's no place like home...

Print

June 2014

My training routine goes on as I made the trusty weekend journeys to Bisley this month. And of course during the week as well at Budleigh Farm, Moretonhampstead and Okehampton with my air pistol. Not only is technical shooting training needed, but also my physical fitness is very important to me. I've recently had new insoles to my running trainers and shooting shoes which is really helping with my posture. If you're trying to be precise, it helps if you can stand still!

Getting out on my bike, running and riding my horse as well as gym work is so enjoyable, especially with the summer upon us. Dartmoor is just a beautiful place to have as my playground. It was great to be on the Dartmoor National Park stand on the Friday of Devon County Show, as their Ambassador. We were inundated with people of all ages chatting to us about all the great places to visit on the moor and ways you can be active and enjoy the landscape. I managed to get out of horrendously boggy Devon County car park, being pulled by a tractor! First time for everything! June last year was when we made the film "A Dartmoor Adventure," what a fantastic few days that was. This June has training camps, competitions and further days in schools delivering Support & Mentoring Sessions. It's all go!

Print

May 2014

The last few weeks has been challenging as I find out I've not made Team England for the Glasgow Commonwealth Games. The early announcement of the rifle and pistol team meant my more favoured event Sport Pistol is only now in full swing and the event's season hadn't started at the time of selection. But keeping my head up training is going really well. I was the top English shooter in last weekends Selection competitions. Bounce back to Rio.....

Print

April 2014

All is going well with the first Sport Pistol matches of the year a few weekends ago at Bisley, where I came 1st and 3rd. Still only the third day of Sport Pistol competitions in the UK since the 1996 Handgun Ban, and so helpful to prepare me for my next international competition in Hannover, Germany. The clocks have changed and the summer evenings are fast approaching. Keeping physically fit in the beautiful Dartmoor scenery is all year round though. I thoroughly enjoyed running the Sport Relief 6miles in Okehampton. I think it should be the taking part that counts, but the winning was much more fun!!

Print

March 2014

Training is coming together slowly but positively, but it's all about doing it at the right time. The British Championship was at the end of February, where I competed in 3 different events with my Air Pistol. My improved performance was generally good, but I was disappointed to not replicate this in the main championship competition. So I have returned motivated to improve and train more intensely. That's all I can do and will prepare me for my next international in Germany in April.

Alongside this another Dame Kelly Holmes Legacy Trust, Get On Track programme has started in Paignton/Kingsteignton, where I'm the Support Athlete Mentor. I hope these young people understand the resilience you need to achieve your goals in life. That's one message I'll be portraying.

Print

February 2014

Sport is a great leveller. You need to enjoy the good days and bounce back from the bad. Mid January I competed in Munich, Germany in my less favoured Air Pistol event. It didn't go brilliantly, but as always I learnt a lot about my training that can only be tested under competition pressure. More hard work needed!

February has started with the first weekend of Sport Pistol training at Bisley. This predominantly outdoor event meant dressing accordingly for the cold weather was essential! Being such a static sport, keeping warm is a challenge! But it was great to get the opportunity to simply shoot the pistol.

Print

January 2014

 

Hello 2014! Training and working has started with gusto after an enjoyed Christmas break! Being at home meant I've been able to step up my physical training, riding my horse, running and riding my bike predominantly. Devon and Dartmoor are great places to enable me to enjoy this and seek great benefit towards my overall training! :-) A short break from technical shooting for a week has meant January and 2014 will go off with a BANG!

Print

December 2013

December is starting on a high as the final of Shooting4England climaxed on Sunday 1st. This, a competition I've been organising throughout the year across the South West, inspiring young people into the sport of shooting after London 2012. Those who qualified from Dorset, Somerset, Cornwall and Devon were invited back to the central location of Okehampton Smallbore Rifle Club. It was great to see both young ladies and gentleman from a Pony Club background handling their competition nerves to steal the show! Just the root to shooting success that I took!

December is taking me to my first International Competition of the 2013/14 season, in Luxembourg. I'm looking forward to three match opportunities and therefore three opportunities to expose myself to international match pressure. Then its home for Christmas and to see the new year in with friends and family. Merry Christmas and a happy, successful new year.

Print

November 2013

October was a busy month training, preparing for the forthcoming domestic competitions and the first international in Luxembourg before Christmas. The Modern Pentathlon Development weekend I organised with a strong team, went exceptionally well at Kelly College. 3 Olympic and Paralympic medallists, 2 Olympians and 2 GB Team Coaches, coached the different events throughout the weekend. What a line up to Inspire the Next Generation!

My schools Support and Mentoring Programme is rolling out well too, as the academic year continues. At this time of year the messages are of the importance of goal setting, balancing life and understanding/developing Your Team. I'm eternally grateful to Helpful Holidays, for being such an important member of Team Gorgs. Thank you.

Print

More Articles ...