I began my career in football but sustained a knee injury at the age of 14 that forced me to look for another sport to become passionate about. When I was 15 my mother took me to my local athletics club trials where I instantly got a buzz for the track and felt like I could really achieve again. I quickly progressed and began representing my county team and within a few years I was representing at an international level. I won two Gold medals at the 2003 European Junior Championships and was subsequently named Junior Male Athlete of the Year by the British Athletics Writer Association.
Unfortunately, in 2004 my knee injury reoccurred, requiring surgery and 5 months out of training. I took a blow in my returning year in 2005 as i suffered from poor performance due to my injury. I lost my sponsorships and my confidence took a massive knock. Although, I know that it is extremely important to have resilience and I kept on fighting for my goals.
My hard work and efforts saw me into winning the gold in the 200m at the Commonwealth Games in 2010, claiming England’s first Commonwealth sprint gold since 1998.
In 2014 I officially announced my retirement from competitive athletics and decided to put all my focus into a coaching career. My story proves that you can achieve anything as long as you work hard and take it one day at a time. Since retiring, I have developed a new passion for boxing which I train for 3-4 times a week!
The morning went very well. Leon (Sprinter, Boxer and Coach) was really friendly and interacted well with the children.
Fulstow Primary School