As a parent, you always want to set a good example to your children. Sometimes that comes from them seeing you survive the knocks that life throws your way!
Six years ago, I’d just taken the heart-breaking decision to close my business, a children’s boutique in Swansea city centre. It was a real knock to my confidence and for a while, I was very down.
Not knowing what else to do, I started volunteering with sports clubs in my local area. This sparked an interest and I enrolled on a degree in sports coaching and performance.
Going back into higher education was a turning point for me. It forced me to be disciplined, which not only restored my confidence in what I was capable of but made me want to achieve more.
I’d put on three stone since the shop closed so I joined a gym close to Uni and got interested in body building. I am now a pro bikini athlete and recently won a World Title in my category.
After graduating with a first, I enrolled on the Masters, which I passed with distinctions in December.
I now have a great job in sport where I am able to encourage others - particularly women and girls - to participate in sport in order to help them cope with life’s ups and downs, and also change their lives for the better.