For 10 years athletics has been my passion. I chose the 400m after national success at triple jump, high jump and decathlon. After medalling at the 2008 World Juniors I started studying architecture at the University of Cambridge, graduating in 2011.
My training was significantly impacted by the demands of a time-intensive course at a leading university, but the offer to study at Cambridge was an opportunity I couldn't refuse. Despite remaining as committed to training as I could be, my performances levelled off as I struggled with recurring injuries and the demands of my studies.
Last year, whilst balancing a full-time job with training, my progress resumed. I was ranked first in the country at Under-23 level, but an Achilles injury halted my season early. As a result, I had surgery in October and since then I have committed myself to training and fulfilling the potential that has been dormant for the last few years.
It has been a longer journey than most to reach this stage but I am determined to focus all my efforts into athletics and this has meant moving to work with Tony Lester. After the Olympics I realised I had to make changes to reach the global-elite level I am capable of. The opportunity to be coached by Tony was a chance to work with the country's leading 400m coach, someone with an unrivalled pedigree having coached more men than any other below the magical 45-second barrier. I now have a coaching and support system in place to focus properly on training and I am being mentored by Roger Black (who Tony coached to Olympic silver).
I am not funded by my national governing body so every penny really helps. After several years of injury I am at a critical time in my sporting career. There have been many talented athletes lost to the sport through injury.
The scholarship will help me to put in place a great team of doctors and therapists to help me train consistently and recover effectively. It will also help reduce the time spent doing part-time work and allow me to focus on my training like never before. To receive this support is incredible and only furthers my drive to succeed.
I think I'm a well-rounded, ambitious and dedicated person who's able to articulate a passion for athletics. I hope that I can benefit Sky through my hard work ethic and my belief in making the most of every opportunity. I was also fortunate enough to study at Cambridge and I want to dispel the notion that sport and academia are incompatible.
Any support from Sky would be instrumental in aiding my progression and development into a world-class athlete. It would help fund therapy to keep injuries at bay and allow me to allocate less time to part-time work and more to what I really care about - running fast.