I competed internationally for Great Britain in swimming and water polo and was a key figure in establishing water polo for women during the 1980s. Professionally, I worked for a voluntary sports trust in Coventry, a local authority Sports Development unit in Shropshire, and the Amateur Swimming association and Sports Coach UK which has given me a varied understanding of how sport is organised and managed. After leaving the workplace for a while to become a full time mother, I returned to the post of 'Voluntary Sector development manager at Derbyshire Sport before joining the teaching team at Sheffield Hallam University.
My involvement in sport has remained strong and I am now a member of the ASA Sport Board in addition to being chair of City of Sheffield Water polo club and an active coach at Sheffield Hallam Water Polo club. I still play water polo and play not only for a Masters team, but Sheffield Hallam where I have been a member of the BUCS gold medal winning team for two consecutive years. It is my studies here that have enabled me to do this and, as part of this, I am currently conducting research on adult participation in competitive sport.