I love sport and always have done. Since a kid I've always thrown myself into every and any sport. When I was four years old I played football at my local leisure centre with a boys' team, then switched to gymnastics at six and continued for seven years.
I then switched back to play more competitive football for my local club and throughout my high school I threw myself into everything, even cross county. I then joined Blackburn Harrier athletics club doing hurdles, high jump and whatever else my club was short of. Which brings me to now...
In 21 years I have achieved many things I've only ever dreamed of. I am the British record holder both indoors and outdoors in women's pole vault. I've jumped 4.87m, placing me me fourth in the all-time standings, won European Indoors gold and World Indoor bronze medals and finished sixth in my home Olympic Games. I started pole vaulting four-and-a-half years ago and still have a long way to go. Many improvements are needed and there's more knowledge to be gained.
I love my sport and especially my event. I love telling people about pole vault, inspiring young kids in schools or athletics club to get involved in my sport or any sport is the most rewarding thing. Last year I went into eight primary schools around my area to give a little taster session on pole vaulting, hoping that some would be inspired enough to get involved some way.
I've witnessed myself how effective role models can be, David Beckham was my childhood hero and he inspired me massively, he showed me commitment and good sportsmanship is key and he is still, to this day, my hero. If I could inspire just one person to take up sport then it's worth it.
Being involved with Sky is such an honour for me. Being able to represent the company would obviously promote me as an athlete but more importantly would inspire many other youngsters to get involved in sports.
Although London 2012 was a great experience I feel the next couple of years are more important for our sport than any before. We have a great opportunity to create a legacy.
People seem to be talking about the Olympic stadium being our legacy but I really do feel our legacy should be kids and getting them down the track involved in athletics, or any other sport come to think of it. I truly believe that sport gives us valuable life tools such how to deal with tough scenarios and set personnel goals.
I feel with Sky behind me, increasing my exposure I can help inspire kids. I have seen what Sky have been doing with Jessica Ennis and how she has been inspiring kids and before I have even had any contact with Sky in regards to your support I saw this as something I wanted to get involved in.
Sky is the perfect partner for me, the more people behind me that have an understanding of sport and exactly what it takes to be the best the better.
Your help will allow me to pay for me to link up with my American coach Dan Pfaff out in Phoenix and also assist with the purchasing of poles and a whole lot of other costs that come with being part of a European-wide sport.