Further Personal Information
Sport Specific Information
|When and where did you begin this sport?
||He took up athletics while he was in the army cadets as a boy, initially throwing the javelin.
|Why this sport?
||He began to take athletics more seriously after joining the Elgin Athletics Club in Scotland. The club did not have any javelins, so the coach suggested he try the hammer throw instead.
|Club / Team
||Woodford Green [GBR] / Shettleston Harriers [GBR]:
|Name of coach
||Tore Gustafsson [personal], SWE
|Memorable sporting achievement
||Being selected to compete at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (heraldscotland.com, 16 Jul 2016)
||In 2009 he struggled to compete after suffering torn cartilage in his ribs. (inthewinningzone.com, 31 Jul 2009)
He and fellow hammer throwers Chris Bennett and Nick Miller were among the last names added to the British athletics squad for the 2016 Olympic Games. Asked by UK Athletics to achieve the hammer throw qualification standard of 77 metres, or to land inside the world's top 16, all three fell marginally short. As a result they lobbied UK Athletics, arguing that they deserved a place at the Games. Their plea worked, with UK Athletics performance director Neil Black suggesting it may have been 'unrealistic' to expect them to achieve qualification, and all three were selected to compete in Rio. "We sat down with Neil Black and some of his team and said, 'This is what was needed to make a final in Beijing last year  and at London 2012. The standard does not reflect what the distances have been at major championships.'" (heraldscotland.com, 16 Jul 2016)