Where I grew up there weren’t exactly loads of opportunities for me. I love my hometown, but it’s pretty quiet and I never thought I’d be able to make my mark on the world. I really wanted to do something meaningful, and joining the Royal Navy gave me that chance.
It was my opportunity to travel all over the world, get qualifications and make my family proud. Stepping out of my comfort zone was a big decision, but one that I’m pleased I made. All of a sudden I was experiencing some amazing things, and being paid for the privilege.
I’ve always had a real competitive streak, which is why I keep setting myself goals. My first time in an aircraft. Getting my first medal. Making the rugby team. Since I joined the Royal Navy, I’ve achieved way more than I ever imagined I would.
Outside the national team, there aren’t many jobs where you get to step out on to the pitch at Twickenham in front of 82,000 people. That’s something I’ll never forget. My friends all think I’m lucky, but I chose to join the Royal Navy, and I haven’t looked back since.