Further Personal Information
||Biomedical Science - Kingston University: Kingston upon Thames, ENG
Sport Specific Information
|When and where did you begin this sport?
||He started the sport at the age of 11 at school in Suffolk, England.
|Why this sport?
||He liked competing head to head against other athletes.
|Club / Team
||Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers: London, ENG
|Name of coach
|Coach from which country?
||He trains six times a week, doing two hours each session.
|Memorable sporting achievement
||Winning gold at the 1994 World Junior Championships in Lisbon, Portugal, winning gold at the 1998 Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and winning the 2000 European Cup with Great Britain in front of a home crowd in Gateshead, England. (Athlete, 02 Aug 2008)
|Most influential person in career
||His physical education teacher. (Athlete, 02 Aug 2008)
|Hero / Idol
||Muhammad Ali. (Athlete, 02 Aug 2008)
||He suffered a major hamstring tear in 2003. (Athlete, 02 Aug 2008)
Forced to withdraw from the 2001 World Indoor Championships because of a bruised heel. (ukathletics.org, 15 Nov 2001)
|Sporting philosophy / motto
||"Work hard but intelligently, believe in your luck but don't rely on luck, always have faith in yourself and be the best you can be." (Athlete, 02 Aug 2008)
||He represented the county of Sussex at rugby union at U19 level. (ukathletics.org, 19 Oct 2001)
Missed selection for England's 2002 Commonwealth Games team after finishing third at the trials, but took the disappointment philosophically. "I have to take this on the chin," he said. "There's no point writing off my entire season after one bad day at the office." (news.bbc.co.uk, 19 Jun 2002)
2000 OLYMPIC GAMES
At the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia, his best jump of 17.29 in the final was good enough to hold the bronze medal spot with just one round to go, but he was passed by Cuba jumpers Yoel García and Yoelbi Quesada in the last set of jumps and had to settle for fifth place. (ukathletics.org, 19 Oct 2001)
He is involved in the BT Backing Talent twilight session in East London, providing support to young athletes. (dhklegacytrust.org, 31 Dec 2009)