How long have you been involved in performance canoeing/kayaking?
I have only been involved in performance canoeing for about 3 years when I first started canoe slalom with the CANI development squad. Since then I have been training and competing in domestic races. In April I competed at my first Under 23 World Championships which where held in Brazil. I placed 29th in C1.
What motivated you to begin performance canoeing/kayaking?
I started canoeing in scouts when I was about 14 and really enjoyed it straight away. I didn’t get really involved in it right away, I only really did it once a week for a while. When I started getting a bit better and more confident, I wanted to push myself a bit more so I went along to a Talent ID day and that’s when I joined the development squad.
What is your main discipline?
My main discipline is C1 Slalom. C1 is when you kneel down in your canoe and have a single blade paddle.
Which club are you member of?
I was part for Lisburn City paddlers but I moved to Nottingham in September 2014 to better my training as it meant I could train on a white water course twice a day, so I am currently not a registered member of any club.
Who is your main coach?
My main coach is Matt McKnight. I also get some coaching from Huw Swetnam and Andrew Hadfield.
What are your greatest achievements thus far?
My greatest achievement so far is probably my progress I have made in only 3 years of starting canoe slalom. Placing 29th in the world championships is a great achievement as well!
What do you hope to achieve in the future?
My main goals for the future are to keep improving and get better at racing by competing at Under 23 European and World Championships and also the same for Senior events. I hope to be making the finals at both Under 23 World and European Championships by the time I am out of this age category which is in 4 years time. I would like to be making a name for myself on the senior circuit by then and be making some semi finals and senior events within the next few years. My long term goal is to compete at the Tokyo Olympic Games in 2020 and to one day be a World Champion.
Who has been the greatest influence in your career?
There has been a few big influences in my career so far but the greatest influence has probably been Matt McKnight. He has been my coach since the first time I got in a canoe slalom boat and also has great advice off the water too. I would not have got this far, this quickly without him.
Who are you currently sponsored by?
I currently get support from the Mary Peters Trust and CANI, other than that I don’t have any other sponsorship’s.
When your not canoeing/kayaking what do you like to do in your spare time?
I work part time as a barista in my spare time. I have always been involved in other sports such as golf, football and badminton. Unfortunately I don’t have very much time to play any of them regularly, but when I get a chance that’s what I will be doing.
Do you have any superstitions before you compete?
I am not a superstitious person but I certainly get nervous before I compete.
Who is your most admired sports person?
There is a few but my most admired would have to be Rory McIlroy.
What, if any injuries have you sustained?
Luckily I haven’t yet sustained any serious injuries.