Further Personal Information
||Daughters Carmen and Jasmin.
||Sports Science - University of Essex: Colchester, ENG
Sport Specific Information
|When and where did you begin this sport?
||He took up athletics at age 13.
|Why this sport?
||"Mainly it was my dad. He pushed me into athletics. It was one of those things where because he pushed me, I didn't like it at first but I grew to love it because it's such an exciting sport."
|Club / Team
||Sale Harriers : Sale, ENG
|Name of coach
|Coach from which country?
||Greengrass, named after a character in English television drama Heartbeat. (olympics.org.uk, 31 Jul 2008)
||Cars, motorbikes, quads. (Athlete, 31 Jul 2008)
|Memorable sporting achievement
||Winning gold at the 2009 European Championships after enduring injury, poor form and funding issues. (sportsvibe.co.uk, 08 Feb 2012)
|Most influential person in career
||His family and coach Lloyd Cowan. (Athlete, 31 Jul 2008)
|Hero / Idol
||Hurdlers Colin Jackson, Tony Jarrett and Allen Johnson. He also admired Linford Christie growing up, "I suppose Linford Christie was my first athletics memory, I remember watching him win the Olympics gold [in 1992], obviously Colin Jackson as well." (Athlete, 31 Jul 2008; whenwewereheroes.com, 03 Dec 2010)
||In January 2012 he injured his right Achilles tendon in his ankle at the Aviva International meet in Glasgow. (uk.eurosport.yahoo.com, 30 Jan 2012)
He tore a hamstring in training before the World Championships at Berlin in 2009 which saw him miss the event. (uk.eurosport.yahoo.com, 30 Jan 2012)
His 2008 campaign was marred by injuries. (England CWG Handbook Guide, 2010)
|Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
||He always wears a bandage around his left ankle. (Athlete, 31 Jul 2008)
|Sporting philosophy / motto
||"I am in this sport to be the best. If I do not aim high, what is the point?" (timesonline.co.uk, 31 Jul 2008)
||He was a promising footballer, playing for the Notts County as a youngster, before eventually switching to athletics. (NOC, 31 Jul 2008; England CWG Handbook Guide, 2010)
At the beginning of his career he was finding it difficult to earn a living and train at the same time. When he made his Great Britain senior debut at the 2003 European Cup in Leipzig, Germany, he ran in bargain-buy spikes. He was without a regular job, on housing benefit and needed to fund his training. He worked as a taxi driver and later worked twice a week at a warehouse on 15-hours shifts for £60 a day to maintain training. (telegraph.co.uk, 31 Jul 2008)
His lottery funding was withdrawn in 2008 after a season plagued by injuries but he regained the grant in late 2009. (andyturner110h.co.uk 04 Sept 2011)