Date of Birth: 25th November 1990
Place of Birth: Ninewells, Dundee
Current Residence: Carnoustie
Where do you train? Dundee Caird Park
Education: High School of Dundee, University of Dundee- 3rd year Mathematics and Accountancy
Three words that describe you: Determined, Pro-active, Talkative.
How and why did you get involved in your sport? I got involved when I was in Primary 6 at school. The PE teacher entered me into a cross country purely because of who my mother was. I think I came 3rd and I absolutely loved it and so decided to take a friend along to the local athletics club, Dundee Hawkhill Harriers.
Any family connections to sport? My mother was silver Olympic medallist in the 10,000m (Liz McColgan), my father was an internationalist for Ireland over 3000m Steeplechase.
Your first ever sporting success? U13 UK Cross Country Championships.
First international / ‘big time’ call-up: My first international was for Scotland at the Commonwealth Youth Games in India, 2008. Next was the Senior Team GB European Team Champs earlier this summer in Sweden and then the European U23 Champs for GB in Ostrava.
Your finest sporting moment? Just missing out on selection for the World Athletics championships due to injury. It would have marked exactly 20 years since my mother won her gold. I also achieved another Olympic Qualifying time even though I broke my foot with 550m to go.
How do you feel when you know you are representing your team / country? It is a great honour to represent not only GB but also Scotland at an international level. It is a great feeling after working so hard all year round and making several sacrifices in order to be the best.
Who has been the biggest influence on your sporting career? Definitely my parents, my mother has been my coach since I first started athletics.
What is your favourite moment in the history of sport? Usain Bolts 3 world records at the last Olympics. It is something truly special, and I don’t believe we will ever watch anything again like it in our life times.
Who has been your toughest opponent and why? I don’t ever have one opponent. Usually I go for times and what I believe I am capable of running. You should never compete with just one person, as you shouldn’t limit yourself. Go into a race knowing what you are capable of doing.
What is your advice for getting to the top: I had a full year out of racing and yet managed to get myself back fitter than ever for the 2011 season. Even when you think of quitting things always do get better for you. The most talented people rarely achieve the success their capable of, those who work the hardest always come out on top.
Who would you most like to meet? Before the start of the summer I would have said Usain Bolt, but then I met him. My second person was David Gandy, D&G Supermodel, but I bumped into him also! So I’ve been pretty lucky this year. So either Rihanna or Drake, either would be pretty cool.
What is your most prized possession? I don’t really have one, probably my iPhone! Not sure how I would live without it! What is your biggest passion away from sport? Sport takes over so much of my life that I don’t really have any other hobbies. Obviously the normal stuff, going out for lunch with my friends and my boyfriend, cinema, shopping etc etc.
Favourite sport(s) other than your own? Again, I’m probably a bit boring sports-wise. I don’t watch any other sports other than Athletics!
Top tips to relax? Listen to music; it takes your mind off nerves. I always listen to my iPod before races and during my warm-up, it’s important to think your race through but you don’t want to over-think things.
What is your ultimate ambition? Olympic Gold, is surely everyone’s ultimate ambition. But I would hope that at the end of my career I can look back and be more than happy with what I have achieved.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years’ time? Hopefully still competing. Paula Radcliffe is still competing in mid 30s, Kelly Holmes and several other high profile female athletes have competed well into their 30s. I’m only 20 and so I believe that I will still be competing in 10 year’s time. After athletics, who knows what I will go into? Maybe something along the lines of my university degree, teaching maths or an accountant…. Fingers crossed I can be an athlete for as long as possible! After I stop competing I will definitely keep training but purely to just keep fit and healthy.