Wheelchair Racing Champion
Paralympics: 9 gold, 4 silver and
of 5 London Marathons.
world record holder for the
200m, 400m, and 800m.
Development Officer for UK Athletics for 5 years.
For the last 18 months Iíve worked part-time,
not because of the training, but because of
the amount of time Iíve had to spend away from
home competing. I've also presented X-Ray for BBC Wales.
The Sydney Olympic Games was the best, the organisation
and the fact that the team - and myself - did
so well. I worked very hard and was so well-prepared
that even if I hadn't won, I would have been
happy with my performances.
The Atlanta Olympic Games was the worst. I didn't
have a great Games, although I had some good
races. I broke the 200m world record in the
qualifiers, but was told by a coach that I might
as well retire as I had been a failure. I listened
and believed him for about a week. Then, I thought
that his opinion didn't really matter to me,
and I got on with it and started training again.
You have to enjoy what you do because of the
amount of work that you need to put in to it.
The most important thing that I have learnt
is to work on the things youíre not so good
at (if you aren't good at it, it usually means
you don't like doing it). Spend a bit of your
time working on the poor bits, then you can
get massive improvements. If you keep working
all the time on the things that youíre good
at, then youíre only looking for a small improvement.
Sydney, I worked on my 'starts'. I hated doing
them, but after talking with my coaches, I decided
that I would do a couple of starts in every
session for eighteen months. I actually enjoyed
doing them as I wasn't doing a lot in one go.
The result was that my pickup (the middle part
of the race) was a lot better too - it paid
Sport plays a big part in everything that I
do. I married an athlete, which makes it easier,
because Ian understands so much why I want to
do what I do. The day I got married was decided
by what was happening in the athletic world
the rest of the year! My sister got married
at a time of year that guaranteed I would definitely
be home. I bought my house near good training
routes. It is important at the moment, but I
also know that it won't always be like this
as I won't be competing for ever.
I think Iíve been lucky to know what I wanted
to do, and then I tried to work as hard as I
could to get there.
the hardest thing is figuring out what you want