I am currently living and working in Leeds, where I try to balance working as a safety engineer with doing as much training for orienteering as I can.
Throughout my life I seem to have slowly moved south in the UK.
I started far up north in Scotland near Inverness, where I grew up. While there I picked up orienteering through my family and slowly got more interested in it, until by the time I was 16 it was the main sport I did. This did mean I had to let some other sports drop away. I used to love rugby, swimming, football and golf, but unfortunately you only have so much time at a weekend and orienteering proved just too enjoyable.
Moving to Edinburgh to study chemical engineering at university, I met lots of other orienteers and found an environment where there were good opportunities to train. During this time I managed to make it into two Junior World Championship teams and improved my orienteering technique and experience of international orienteering.
After 5 years in Edinburgh, I moved very slightly south to Glasgow to start my first job as an engineer. There I got into some good routines and was motivated to train well. My physical fitness improved and I made my first Senior World Championships team for a home championship in Scotland. This will be the highlight of my orienteering career, getting to race at the highest level in forest where I grew up.
After 4 years in Glasgow I made my most recent step south to Leeds where I am currently based. In the next few years I am hoping to continue to orienteer at an international level, with the aim of improving my results.
JK Champion 2018.