I started playing squash when I was around 5 years old at my local club, which was Four Oaks Club in Sutton Coldfield. My dad played at the club so he took me along to the junior coaching. I started playing tennis at the same age and continued playing both as I got older. We moved to Kenilworth when I was 8 and I carried on playing there and eventually began playing tournaments around the age of 11.
My main motivation to play is to prove other people, and often my own body and mind, wrong.
For me, playing squash is a way to express myself without the use of words. I enjoy the problem solving element of the game. Neither the mental or physical side can be used solely to win long term, so I enjoy trying to improve on both whilst finding the best combination of the two for the way I love to play squash.
It is impossible to consistently challenge for the top tournaments without having a strong mentality and being in very good physical shape. Being in good physical shape gives me a lot of confidence which helps the mental side, but being in a good mental state also allows me to be relaxed and get the best out of my body, with recovery often being a lot quicker as well.
My major highlights and achievements so far include being the World Team Champion with England in 2014, Black Ball Open Champion in December 2020, winning the Commonwealth Games Silver Medal in 2018, and twice being British Champion. My ultimate goal is to become world number 1!
Playing in the Tournament of Champions is extremely special to me. Between the iconic location and the sheer number of commuters walking past who stop to watch, the atmosphere is electric!
My role model is Serena Williams. She is a strong woman in every sense of the word who has built her game around her strengths and continues to play at the top of the game despite many challenges along the way. She is also unafraid to stand up for what she believes in and has been an advocate for women throughout her life.
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