Road to Tokyo

I'm a visually impaired paratriathlete from Cornwall, UK.

Support me on my Paralympic dream of Tokyo 2020.



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I am a visually impaired triathlete from Cornwall, UK. In 2016 I won a Bronze Medal at the Rio Paralympic Games. My goal is to return to the Paralympic Games in Tokyo 2020 and improve on my Bronze Medal. I'm currently training full time. In my spare time, I love to walk my whippets and surf. Read more>

Age: 28
Location: Cornwall, UK
Athlete Since: 2012

Current Situation

My current ITU Paratriathlon World Rankings Position is 15th. In order to qualify for Tokyo Paralympic Games in 2020, I will need to be ranked 10th (or higher) before 29th June 2020! That gives me just over a year to gain enough points through competing on the World Circuit, to make my dream come true.
My Current ITU Paratriathlon World Ranking (More Info)

15

/29

Working as a team, we have identified the following International races as being key for me to gain enough points to make it to Tokyo 2020:

15th May 2019
Yokahama, Japan
(ITU World Series Race)

≈£2,500.00
Status: Partially funded
16th Jun 2019
Besanson, France
(ITU World Cup Race)

≈£1,500.00
Status: Not yet funded
17th-26th Jun 2019
Florida, USA
(Heat & Humidity)

≈£2,600.00
Status: Not yet funded
29th Jun 2019
Montreal, Canada
(ITU World Series Race)

≈£2,500.00
Status: Not yet funded
13th Jul 2019
Magog, Canada
(ITU World Cup Race)

≈£4,500.00
Status: Not yet funded
18th Aug 2019
Tokyo, Japan
(ITU World Series Race)

≈£7,200.00
Status: Not yet funded
1st Sep 2019
Lucerne, Switzerland
(ITU World Champs Race)

≈£3,200.00
Status: Not yet funded
7th Sep 2019
Banyoles, Spain
(ITU World Cup Race)

≈£1,800.00
Status: Not yet funded
14th Sep 2019
Velencia, Spain
(ITU Euro Champs Race)

≈£2,600.00
Status: Not yet funded
16th May 2020
Yokohama, Japan
(ITU World Series Race)

≈£2,500.00
Status: Not yet funded
Late 2020
Race Location/Date To Be Confirmed
≈£TBC
Status: Not yet funded
Late 2020
Race Location/Date To Be Confirmed
≈£TBC
Status: Not yet funded

Big thanks to all who have donated:

Your name will appear here normally within 24 hours of donating!

Darren Carter
Aztek Holdings Limited
Jacqueline O'Keeffe
Richard Sellers
Louise Fassnidge
Helen Owers

Progress so far

amount-raised

Fundraising FAQ


In late 2017, I unfortunately suffered from a chronic injury (prolapsed disc) which prevented me from racing for 18 months. This led to my ITU World Ranking position to drop from 3rd down to 15th. After lots of rehab and physio, I'm finally back to race-pace, but with a limited amount of time before the Paralympic Games!

In order to qualify for Tokyo Paralympic Games in 2020, I will need to be ranked 10th (or higher) before 29th June 2020! That gives me just over a year to gain enough points through competing on the World Circuit, to make my dream come true. I've calculated the cost of attending these races, with all my kit and tandem race-bike. This adds up to a grand total of £30,000.00 (see breakdown in race calendar above).

I come from a humble background, living in a rented house and working to make ends meet. That is why my last resort and final option is to kindly ask you, the general public, my fans and supporters, for your financial support in making my dream come true!
All donations go directly to a Paypal account which I have set up specifically for this fundraising campaign. This account has a Debit card which I will only use for the expenses of these races (above). I will be publishing income/expenditure for this campaign in the near future to be as transparent as possible. This campaign aims to follow the Code of Fundraising Practice from the Fundraising Regulator.
You can donate by clicking the button and following the instructions. This will give you the option of donating with Card or Paypal, as either a one-off amount, or a monthly amount if you wish. There is no minimum amount, and any donation, no matter how small, will be hugely appreciated!

If you would like to donate by Bank Transfer or any other method, please contact me!
Your name will be added to this website (normally within 24 hours) and you will be considered a part of teammissi. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can leave a comment during the donation.

Apart from that, I will be eternally grateful for anything you can do to help. You will be making a huge impact on my life, and hopefully the lives of others.

Friends & Supporters

My dream of returning to the Paralympic games for Tokyo 2020 would be totally impossible without my friends and supporters. The following people and companies are always doing something to help me towards my goal without expecting much in return. For that I am truely grateful!


Allan Reid
My Dad, Coach, Trainer, Motivator

Elle Twentyman
My Race Guide, selected by British Triathlon

Rosie Lindsay
My Training Guide, selected by British Triathlon

Darren Carter
Fiance, Sherpa and website stuff

Monique Clark
My early-rise swimming buddy and Taxi Driver!

Stitch & Grizzly
My dogs, Cuddle Buddies and Training Partners

Oliver Hughes
The BEST Physio around! Fixes me when I'm broken!

GLL
Provide me with FREE gym membership to all GLL facilities

Vorgee
The only swimming goggle brand I can recommend.

Mizuno
Provide me with the BEST running shoes and clothes

TR1
Provides me with outstanding coaching in swim, bike and run

UKSport
Athlete Performance award enables me to train full time

Crowthorne
Have kindly lended us a lovely car for ALL the travelling

Eden Project
Providing me with the BEST Heat Training ever

I'm always excited to talk to new companies and brands! Please feel free to get in touch!