Honours

MBE for services to Disabled Sport in the 2009 New Years Honours list.
Medal of Merit for outstanding services to Scouting 2012.
Queen Scout Award 1999.

Scouting

I have been made a Queen Scout and have been a Scout Leader for 1st Marple Arkwright for 15 years.

Career

My first international medal came with a bronze in the 100 m breaststroke at the 1997 European Championships in Spain. This was followed by four further European Championship medals and eight World Championship medals. I also won a bronze medal in the 50 m freestyle and finished fourth in the 100 m freestyle, at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, where I was the only disabled swimmer representing England.

Paralympics

I competed in the Paralympics for the first time during the 2000 games in Sydney. I received a bronze in the 100 m breaststroke SB7, silver in the 50 m freestyle S7 and gold in the 4×100 m freestyle 34 pts as part of the gold medal winning relay team, which also included Jody Cundy, Giles Long and David Roberts, and set a new world record time of 4:06.85.

In the 2004 Summer Paralympics, in Athens, I won a further two individual medals, silvers in both the 50 and 100 m S7 freestyle events, and was again part of the gold medal winning 4×100 m freestyle 34 pts relay team, which also included Roberts, Marc Woods and Robert Welbourn, that set a new world record of 3:59.62.

Beijing 2008 was my third appearance at a Paralympics, and my most successful to date with five medals won. I medalled in both the 50 and 100 m S7 freestyle events, and picked up medals in butterfly and medley events for the first time, winning silver in the 50 m S7 butterfly, with a European record time of 32.24 seconds, and bronze in the 200 m individual medley SM7.

Competing alongside David Roberts, Robert Welbourn and Graham Edmunds, I won a gold medal in the 4×100 m freestyle 34 pts for the third time in as many Games. That’s eleven Paralympic medals, with all of my silver and bronze medals being won individually and all three of my golds being in relay events.

London 2012 should be fun...