As a very active child, my mum encouraged me to put my energy into sport so at the age of seven I took up figure skating. After figure skating for many years I fancied trying another ice sport, so as a hobby I took up speed skating at the age of 12.
I loved it; it was my bit of fun for the week to get away from the seriousness of my figure skating. So once a week I could get on the ice and didn't have to be elegant and appearance focused, I could stick a helmet on and bomb round the ice: feel the wind in my hair!
At the age of 15 I started to figure skate less and had begun to lose my love for the sport. I entered the British Championships for speed skating in April, and was fortunately selected for the British team. I couldn't believe it as I had never been on the development team so the national squad was a big step. Especially seeing as you had to relocate to Nottingham to be part of this amazing opportunity.
After a lot of thought (and encouragement from my mother) I decided to pack up and leave my little town in Scotland and move to the city of Nottingham, not everyone receives such a great opportunity and I am very lucky that I did. I competed in my first senior World Championships that same season and I then knew that I had to target skating in Vancouver 2010.
A few years down the line and I had qualified for the Olympic Games. This was such a mind blowing experience; this led to a massive change in my attitude. On completion of the games I decided that it was time to become a different level of athlete. I now wanted to not just go to the Olympics, but I wanted to go there with a medal-winning chance.
I knew a lot had to change and I met with all the members of support staff to discuss the different little changes I could make to get myself there, I set a yearly plan and finally I changed my mind-set; I decided it could be me and that I had to give myself the best opportunity I could.
I believe that if a person does everything they possibly can to become an Olympic medallist and it doesn't work out, then you cannot be disappointed. I will never be someone that will say 'I'm going to win a medal at the games', but I can guarantee I will do everything I can to give myself the best chance possible.
It is such a nice feeling to have someone put me forward for something like the Sky Sports Scholarship, I think it is good that speed skating has now caught the eyes of people who can make a huge difference to the sport.
I had an amazing season last year and I will remember how good it felt for the rest of my life! Let's hope this will be a life changing year!