I am extremely committed to my sport, I train every night of the week but Friday (my rest day) and unless there is a race or training, I occasionally have Sundays off.
At Bourg, I got pinned on a rock. This is a very dangerous position to be in, if the boat slips under the water the person can become unable to get out the boat, thrown back against the rock by the sheer force of the water and as a result of this, drown. It happened in Grandtully the second year I was there. Fortunately I managed to hold myself up on the rock for what seemed like a lifetime, but was only probably about 10 minutes, and one of my coaches swum across the potential 40 cumecs (cubic metres/second) flow to pull me off. Thankfully when I got stuck on the rock, the flow was only at 27 cumecs, otherwise it could have been a different story.
After being pulled off the rock, I carried on with the course, and have continued to train ever harder ever since, showing my determination.
I am accredited as the fastest improving paddler by many of my coaches showing even more rapid progression this Winter. The group of paddlers I compete against at the moment have several years experience on me.
With the right help and support I will compete next year at the U23 selection race, with the hope of paddling on the GB Team then too. By 2016 I want to be a serious contender in the Olympic selection, and with my rate of progress I aspire to be Olympic Champion by 2020.
I am focussed, disciplined and determined to be the best at my sport, and I am already doing so by proving that I can compete against and beat my peers, most of whom have had at least 4 years more experience than me.
I am studying Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Maths in my first year of A-levels at school. Last year I completed 10 GCSEs, achieving 6 A*s and 4 As, showing that I can balance my canoeing aspirations and heavy training regime with schoolwork.
I hope to go to Nottingham University in two years time, where I will be able to fit in 2 sessions on whitewater every paddling day around my studying.
Having had such a short time in the sport to get so far, now I have found my feet, I aspire to reach the very top and compete at international level in future olympics.
I currently have had no previous sponsorship and so would gain tremendous amounts from this scheme. I am 17 and everything so far has been self-funded.