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Birmingham Half Marathon
Friday, 21 March 2014 23:02

You may or may not be aware but in March 2014 my niece Flo was diagnosed with leukaemia - it came as a huge surprise to watch her go from being 100mph everyday to being in bed with no desire to do anything!

Flo is more than just my niece, she's my absolute world and I love her more as a daughter!  As a result of Flo's diagnosis I decided that I wanted to raise as much money as awareness for this awful disease and where better place to start than a half marathon!

Even with my heavy training schedule ahead of the World Championships and the Commonwealth Games, I was determined to raise as much money and awareness as possible for a cause that is incredibly important to both myself and my family.  All money raised will go through cancer research but purely for leukaemia.

I just want to say a massive Thank You to Laura Snow, Liz May & Hannah Hicks for offering to take on the challenge with me and helping me to create RunTeamFlo.

Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe with JustGiving – they'll never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Once you donate, they'll send your money directly to the charity. So it's the most efficient way to donate – saving time and cutting costs for the charity.

A big thank you to all those who have already donated and to anyone else who feels they would like to contribute.


English Nationals 2013
Tuesday, 05 March 2013 22:49

Hello everyone,


Yes!!!!!!!!! I did it again! I managed to retain all three of my national titles last weekend at the English National Championships, which were held at Ponds Forge, Sheffield. This is such a fantastic feeling and I am so pleased that all the hard work and hours I have been putting in the table tennis hall and the gym has paid off. 


Darius Knight and I retained our mixed doubles title with a 3-0 win over no.1 seeds Paul Drinkhall and Joanna Parker in the final. This is now the 3rd time we have won this event.


The second title I won was the women's doubles where I teamed up with my long term England team mate Joanna Parker. We won the final 3-0 and that gave us our 5th women's double title together.


My final title of the tournament was the hardest of them all, the women's singles. I had some really tough matches and at times I thought that my dreams of a 4th national title and retaining my title were over. But I managed to dig deep and keep believing and in the end I came out on top.


In the quarter final I was 2-0 down and came through with a 4-2 win. In the semi-final it was a lot closer; I was winning 3-0 and then my opponent, Karina Le Fevre, came back and leveled at 3-3. Karina then took a lead of 8-3 and 9-4 in the final set and somehow I managed to give everything and just not give up. Eventually I won 14-12. This was such a massive result for me because I proved that my fitness and mental toughness were in really good shape, which put me in good stead for the final. 


The final was against Joanna Parker. I knew this match was going to be very difficult as we both know each other's games very well. I managed to keep focus and once again my never give up attitude took me over the line and earned me my 4th national title. This was such an amazing feeling. To win 3 our of 3 titles once again is a dream come true.


I would like to thank my parents, family and friends for their help and support not only for last weekend, but for always believing in me and being there. I couldn't be where I am today without you all.





Tournament and Exhibition
Friday, 02 March 2012 23:00

Hi Everyone,


Just to let you know that next weekend, Saturday 10th March, a number of people from my local table tennis community in Leamington Spa are holding a fund raising tournament and exhibition to help me with my training costs in the run up to the Olympic Games this summer.


It’s being held at one of the local leisure centres, St Nicholas Park, which has been hired out at a discounted rate thanks to the generosity of the local District Council.  One of my sponsors, Tees Sport, are also helping by providing some of the equipment. 


The tournament will start at 9.00am and finish around 4.30pm and promises to offer a good day of table tennis for all competitors, as well other entertainment.


The exhibition will then start at around 5.30pm and will include former Olympian, Commonwealth Gold Medallist and World Veteran Champion, and my current coach Alan Cooke.   Alan and I will be playing an exhibition match, demonstrating some training techniques and will also be injecting a bit of fun with some audience participation.


There are still places available for the tournament and anyone who wishes to enter or attend the exhibition should contact the Organiser, Dorothy Macfarlane on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  

More details can be found on either the Leamington League website on or the Lillington TTC website on .


I’d just like to say a big thank you to all the people involved in putting on this event – I really appreciate all the time they have invested.


Kelly - Thanks!
Thursday, 15 December 2011 17:50

I am very pleased to say that I have finally found myself a sponsor!!


I'd like to express my thanks to as they have come to my rescue and are willing to help me achieve my Olympic dream. I can't thank them enough.

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