ROLES Philippa < Back  
Sport Athletics
CGA Wales   
Gender Women
Born 01 Mar 1978 in Neath, WAL
Height1.80 m
Weight 92 kg
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Residence London, ENG
Occupation Driver
Languages English
Higher education Swansea University: Swansea, WAL
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? She began the sport at the age of 12.
Club / Team Swansea Harriers: Swansea, WAL
Name of coach Mike Winch
Training Regime She trains six days a week.
Handedness Right
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievement Winning a bronze medal at the 1997 European Junior Championships. (NOC, 31 Jul 2008)
Hero / Idol US sprinter Michael Johnson. (Athlete, 31 Jul 2008)
Injuries She sustained an injury at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, Australia. (NOC, 31 Jul 2008)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs She carries seven pairs of shoes to cater for any type of weather or throwing circle. (Athlete 31 Jul 2008)
Sporting philosophy / motto "Never give up." (NOC, 31 Jul 2008)
Famous relatives Her younger sister Rebecca has also been Welsh champion in discus. (NOC, 31 Jul 2008)
Other information TRAIN DRIVER
She works as a train driver in order to find her athletics training and competitions, but admits that it's sometimes hard to combine the two things. "It's a stressful business learning and all that goes with it," she said. "Learning the routes so thoroughly took another six months. I just couldn’t focus on athletics at the same time. The thing that I lose out on the most is sleep. Work comes first because it funds my training. Training comes after that and then I sleep." (bbc.co.uk; dailymail.co.uk; 31 Jul 2008)