Not only was my brother the football AND the basketball captain but to make matters worse, I wasn’t very good at either!
I was inspired to watch my first ice hockey game by a friend a t primary school who had recently returned from the states. From that moment watching my first ever game, I knew it was the sport for me. My family took me for a day out ice skating - not only was I quite good, but better still my brother wasn’t!
I knew I’d found the sport for me!
I learnt to skate, bought the kit and was ready to join a club! Unfortunately, though, around this time I was diagnosed with epilepsy. The doctors weren’t keen on letting me play, and clubs were turning me away as they felt it was a risk to let me join them. I persevered, speaking to a few clubs until Guildford Ice Hockey Club agreed to let me play!
I was a late starter to the game and on medication for my epilepsy that made it harder to train, so the odds were stacked against me. But I worked hard and got the opportunity to go through the junior training programme.
When I turned 18 I was selected to play for the Guildford Flames and played professionally for two seasons in the British National League.
I then moved to the Basingstoke Buffalo and in my first season th ere we won the league, the playoffs and the playoff final; making history as the first southern team to claim the triple record. (This record sti ll stands today!)
Whilst this was happening, I was also pursuing my career in the fitness industry. I was running a bootcamp and had ordered a fe w branded hoodies. When people in gyms and fitness venues kept paying more attention to the quality of my hoodie and my log o than my bootcamp, I realised I’d stum - bled upon a great business idea!
It was important to me to focus on quality performance-clothing . I knew a lot of a thletes, many of whom had taken part in the London 2012 Olym - pics, so I worked with them to design the best clothing I could. From swimmers to hockey players, I gathered invaluable feedback and information that allowed me to build products for their sports.
We launched Legacy in 2013 with 10 products
We grew fairly rapidly and I took on an office in Camberley. Withi n a year we’d taken 2 more offices in tha t building to handle the gro wth. My old team, the Guildford Flames, gave me the kit contract to provide their training gear and things went from strength to strength!
It wasn’t all plain sailing though. At one point I had to reloc ate the office to my spare bedroom after a series of seizures (whi le working a t an event) prevented me from driving for a year.
And then, in 2016 the unthinkable happened.
I had a seizure while driving and ended up in hospital. Fortuna tely no one else was hurt in the accident, but I was incredibly shaken for a few months.
Epilepsy has certainly added challenges to my life and career, but it’s also taught me so much. I know I have to get straight back up and start again with adapta tions so I come back fighting every time.
Legacy currently supply kit to numerous high-profile teams, incl uding Guildford Flames Ice Hockey Club and Farnham Rugby Club.