Further Personal Information
||Economics - University of Leicester: England
Sport Specific Information
|When and where did you begin this sport?
||He took up hurdling at age 15.
|Why this sport?
||"A PE [physical education] teacher at school repeatedly picked this boy who was rubbish to represent the school at hurdles. Eventually I put my foot down and said, 'Why haven't you chosen me? I know I can do it, and I know I can win and beat all of these guys'. The teacher said, 'If you think you're that good, go for it'. So I did. They were all going up and over the hurdles, and I knew I wanted to go straight, to almost run through them and save time that way. Pretty soon I was involved in county athletics and breaking records."
|Club / Team
||Belgrave Harriers: London, ENG
|Name of coach
||Benke Blomkvist [personal], SWE
||Will (bbc.com, 29 Jul 2014)
||Spending time with family. (trackfield97.com, 11 Jun 2015)
|Memorable sporting achievement
||Competing at the 2006 European Championships in Gothenburg, Sweden [his senior international debut], and finishing fourth in the 110m hurdles at the 2009 World Championships in Berlin, Germany. (trackfield97.com, 11 Jun 2015)
|Most influential person in career
||Former coach John Anderson. (williamsharman.com, Aug 2014)
|Hero / Idol
||British sprinter Linford Christie, Welsh footballer Ryan Giggs. (trackfield97.com, 11 Jun 2015; mitchum.co.uk, 17 Feb 2012)
||In 2014 he tore his left hamstring. He did not take part in a competitive race for 10 months. (LinkedIn profile, 19 Jul 2015; williamsharman.com, Jul 2015)
In January 2010 he suffered a broken left wrist during training after crashing into a hurdle that had been placed in the wrong position. He required reconstructive surgery on the injury. (telegraph.co.uk, 22 Jul 2010)
|Sporting philosophy / motto
||"Hurdling is very exciting because it is all about negotiating obstructions, which is what life is about too." (standard.co.uk, 12 Aug 2011)
||His older brother Richard competed in bobsleigh at international level, and his father David played rugby union at club level in England for Northampton Saints. (independent.co.uk, 30 Aug 2009)
||To compete at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (williamsharman.com, 21 Feb 2016)
||DECATHLON TO HURDLES
He competed in decathlon until 2005 when an injury meant he was no longer able to throw javelin at international level. "I injured my shoulder due to a pole vaulting accident, but I soon recovered my ability to vault again post-surgery, and I felt as though I would have improved in all the other events except javelin. My coach [at the time] John Anderson and I had a discussion and planned to put my efforts into my best event, which was the 110m hurdles." (trackfield97.com, 11 Jun 2015; standard.co.uk, 12 Aug 2011)
He was born in Lagos, Nigeria, to a British father and Togolese mother. At age three he moved with his family to Corby, England. (theguardian.com, 25 Jul 2012)
He did a Master of Science [MSc] degree in banking and finance at Loughborough University in England. (lboro.ac.uk, 08 Oct 2010)
He achieved grade eight in the piano at age 16, and played the cornet for a group that were named BBC Youth Orchestra of the Year in Great Britain. (standard.co.uk, 12 Aug 2011)