She grew up in Deeping St James, attending The Deepings School. Her sister Anne was also a heptathlete. Her mother Carol was a team manager at Peterborough Athletic Club. She studied Sports Science at Brunel University.
She finished fifth at the 2002 Commonwealth Games, fourteenth at the 2003 World Championships, sixth at the 2006 Commonwealth Games. and 32nd in the 2008 Olympic Games after coming into the team as a late replacement for the injured Jessica Ennis. She is the British record holder for the contested Women's Decathlon.
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