Achievements to date
Hello! My name is David and I am a Great British decathlete/indoor heptathlete studying towards a physiotherapy degree at Brunel University. I have been competing in athletics for years but it hasn’t been until the last three or four years that I’ve really got into multi-events and competing in the decathlon. I train six times a week for up to five hours each session, so my days are pretty hectic but I love it nonetheless. In my spare time other than athletics I like relaxing in the spa on my university campus and playing golf with my mates. With the support of the Cornwallis Sporting Excellence Award I will be able to compete abroad at higher quality competitions this year, which will help me to gain the qualification standard for the European Under 23 championships in Estonia this summer.
My most memorable sporting achievement has to be winning the junior national decathlon and qualifying for the world junior championships at the same time. Leading up to the competition I had a few hamstring injuries so my preparation wasn’t the best. I knew I could qualify but it was a bit of a shock I managed it with the poor preparation I had had, and it was definitely one of the best feelings once I had crossed the finished and realised I had done it.
My biggest sporting disappointment happened quite a while ago but I think it has spurred me on ever since. I finished second at the U17 English schools octathlon after going into the competition ranked number one in the U.K, so I was very gutted at the time. However, good did come of it as I now try to avoid that feeling of disappointment every time I train and compete.
My most respected sportsperson is Daley Thompson due to the fact that he dominated the decathlon during the 1980’s. He also had a lot of fun doing it as well.
I honestly don’t have any superstitions or rituals before I compete. I just try to stay relaxed and not try to get too hung up on things that I can’t influence.
“I think the first thing to say is that competing in a sport is not easy. I have found that to be true in what has been the toughest year of my sporting career so far. Before the year started I took the decision, after what was an extremely successful 2015 for me, to try and take my athletics further and train more full time with the view to focus solely on athletics once my degree was over. However, injury struck and I was left not being able to compete and see what all the hard work I had put in over winter amounted to. It ended up amounting to nothing.
The support from KT4YS, not only the monetary support but also the belief that the trustees had placed in me to go on and achieve something good in my sport was a massive motivation to push through the tough times and focus on how I could still better myself. This motivation has enabled me to get through a tough block of winter training injury free and performing better than ever in training this year.
In a sport where there is very little support for anyone let alone decathletes, the support from KT4YS has enabled me to travel abroad to compete, pay for physiotherapy treatments and equipment and ultimately take away a lot of stress that lack of money can bring. I will be forever grateful and will always remember the support that you have given me.“
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