Officially, 2015 will be my first year as senior athlete.
I gained senior global experience in 2013, by qualifying for the World Championships in Moscow. I was extremely disappointed to not make the London 2012 Olympic Games, but bounced back to medal at the World Junior Championships and believe that time is on my side.
I aim to use this positively to spur me on to make the World Championships this year. I also started studying Biochemistry at the University of Loughborough this year, having deferred to focus primarily on athletics. That allowed me to be a full-time athlete for a year, before taking this attitude into university and allowing me to have the same mind-set and goals.
The money from the Sky Scholarship means I am able to afford a car and as a result be able to travel to and from training without having to rely on my parents or my coach. This means rather than my training be restricted at certain times, I have the freedom to train whenever suits me.
Sky would be able to support me from a development stage to ultimate success. My aim is to be the best female distance runner in the world, and Sky could be a part of that. I could be more independent and financially secure as a result of the scholarship which would increase my ability to access certain resources and make athletic decisions, which would not be compromised by financial limitations.
Examples of these resources would be to see the best physios in my area and be able to take my coach abroad with me to competitions to help with my preparation. Media training would also be an immense help in gaining experience in dealing with an important aspect of being an athlete away from the track. It would help my coach financially and enable him to be able to be with me more of the time, which will aid my development.