On the 13th November I fly to Perth, Western Australia where I will begin my 'winters' training or as they call it out there, summer training. As well as going there to train with a dedicated U23 squad I will hopefully get some racing under my belt in the 2107/18 National U23 Series.
I've got a bit tired of the long cold winters here in England and need a change. I need to do something different. Finishing school I knew I didn't want to go to University just yet so I thought lets take a gap year. Of course I couldn't just take a gap year because I'm a triathlete, I can't just stop training, so I thought why not go to Australia, explore the land down under, but also take the year to train full time and simply see how good I can get.
With aspirations to be an elite triathlete you have to dedicate yourself to the goal 110% and that means sometimes taking drastic action such as moving to the other side of the world to train. If that's what it takes, then so be it.
I will be back for the 2018 British race season, but as the World Championships in 2018 are on the Gold Coast, I won't be spending too long back here. Who knows what the future holds for me after 2018, but I can assure you all I am 100% committed to achieving my targets and I have a great team of people both here and in Australia that are committed to helping me get to where I want to be.
There are so many people I have to thank for supporting me thus far, it has been one hell of a journey over the past 9 years moving from Tri Stars to Youth and Junior, but this is the end of an era. This is the end of Juniors. In reality, this is only the beginning. The start of U23, the start of the Senior ranks.
Tri Sport Epping, Roding Valley Tri, Havering Tri, Romford CC, Hornchurch Swimming Club, Dagenham 88 Runners are just some of the clubs I have to thank for helping me throughout the past 9 years.
My sponsors have been the most supportive sponsors I could ask for and have been brilliant. Mark at Pedal Potential, Sam Farmer, Gary from Excel Physiotherapy, Zone 3, Ray from Swim Canary Wharf, Vorgee UK & Max Curle. My coach Dermott Hayes. He has been invaluable coaching me since Youth and I definitely would not be where I am without him. And finally Mum and Dad for everything from day 1. Thank you.
I'll keep you posted,