“I was a beneficiary of a ‘TASS 2012 Award’ designed to support athletes who were targeting London 2012. At the time, I was relocating to a high performance centre and it meant I could do this without putting my family under financial pressure. It helped me tremendously in the bid to qualify for the Beijing Paralympics in 2008.
“Receiving the TASS award was perfect for me as I was only young and receiving very little financial help, but on the brink of the big step forward to international level. Combining education and training was a difficult balance, but one that’s very important. Athletes’ lives are short, intense and very focused and you need to be prepared and ready to move into the wider world beyond when you retire.
“TASS support came at a key time for me that allowed me to focus my efforts on my sport while continuing with full time education, which I’m sure will serve me well as I come towards the end of my career.
“I am most proud of getting to highest level my sport and repaying all the belief from those like TASS that helped and supported me along the road. Achieving this with like-minded people both in education and sport has kept the right balance in my life.”