What encouraged you to come to King’s?
Well – I was born in King’s College Hospital!
I’ve always wanted to go to King’s, and they started offering a Psychology BSc the year before I started which was perfect timing. I knew I needed to stay in London for training, and the great vibe I got from King’s – and the amazing sports programme – helped me decide. I’m really enjoying my final year and I've just finished a great module called Women’s Mental Health. If I entered a career in psychology, I would want to focus on post and pre-natal depression.
How have you found balancing your studies with training for the upcoming Olympics?
It has been tricky! I want a first class degree, so I’m balancing that with my desire to do well at my first Olympic Games. Although there have been challenges, I wouldn’t have it any other way. University is perfect for keeping balance in my life.
I’ve been training for almost ten years and it’s given me a resilient mindset. I’m really organised without thinking about it, so I’m pretty good with all my deadlines and keeping ahead of assignments. My motivation for most things is 100 percent – I don’t go into things half-heartedly, which has enabled me to get the most out of my degree.
How do you unwind apart from your studies and athletic career?
I’m not the best at relaxing - but if I am I will probably sit at home with Netflix and watch a proper cheesy film. I love the Sex and the City Movie – iconic. Recovery is a huge part of my routine, so I also do yoga, pilates, and go to the pool and the sauna as part of my training, which is nice.