It’s been one week since the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games closing ceremony and I’ve spent a lot of time reflecting back on everything since then…
First of all, what an incredible experience! People have always said that the Commonwealth Games are like no other event you will ever compete at, but I didn’t really know what they meant until I got out there. And man… Australia is beautiful!
To be a part of Team England at these Games was a huge honour. I have never experienced such a supportive, friendly and ambitious environment! Thank you to all of the Team England staff for making it so homely, and to the rest of my England shooting family for supporting me and keeping me laughing!
I placed 5th in the 3-Position Rifle event, only two places from a medal and my best result of the week! I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t gutted to come home without at medal. I wanted it more than anything… for my family, my country and my own ambitions. Being completely transparent, I’ve had the toughest winter season ever. Life has tested me, and to come out the other side, even to have made it to the Commonwealth Games itself, I am so proud. I loved every second of it, the highs and lows. I gave each match my all out there and I learnt a hell of a lot about myself along the way. Most importantly, it has re-lit a fire back under me that I was worried at times had gone out. It’s a starting point to find my way back and y’all better be ready when I do…
Thank you so much to everyone for your support! I was truly overwhelmed with how many messages I received wishing me well. It’s fantastic to have such a great support network and I’m sorry that I haven’t got back to everyone yet but I will!
Thank you so much to my coaches; the many that have contributed to my journey. Particularly Sinclair Bruce for putting up with all my drama, hours on end. For pushing me and believing in me even when I was struggling. Also to Gaby most recently for giving me so many more opportunities to improve and learn about myself. Thank you also to my Sponsors Ziffit, Offington Ostepath Clinic, ELEY and Michael Bell, for backing me and making it possible for me to get this far!
Perhaps the biggest thank you of all is to my Family and Friends. They are everything to me and a huge part of what drives me on further each day. There are too many to name but you know who you are and I can’t wait to see you all when I get home! Special mentions to my siblings, Chris and Lucie, for always looking out for me and for inspiring me to “keep up with the big kids”. My Mum and Dad; I will never be able to thank you enough. You have seen first hand the demons that I have dealt with these past few years and you have held me up when I had no hope left. My performances and success are as much yours as they are mine! Thank you for never doubting me and being there for me no matter what. And finally, to my Grandpa who I miss dearly; this one was for you.
I’m in South Korea right now for the ISSF World Cup – my 3-Position match is on Thursday 26th April!
Onwards and Upwards!