30th June 2018 – Today is the start of the British Championships and as I won’t be there competing I feel it is a good time to formally announce my retirement from competitive athletics. I didn’t feel ready to retire after last season but a combination of my studies and a niggling injury restricted how much training I was able to do this year. I started athletics in 2001 at Newham and Essex Beagles AC so I could become a better netball player. Now my career highlights include an Olympic Games 400m gold in 2008 and silver in 2012, and two World Championships 400m titles in 2007 & 2013. I end my career with four Olympic medals and five World Championships medals. Athletics has been my passion for so long and I am proud to call myself an athlete. I love the diversity of the events and the brilliant characters that come from them. I have truly met some wonderful people over the last 15 yearscompeting around the world and I am blessed to call many of them friends. I would like to thank all my coaches, management team, sponsors and training partners who helped make my journey that little bit easier. Special thanks to my long term coach Lloyd Cowan and my medical team who have kept me running and got me to the start line of every championship from 2004 to 2016. Thanks to everyone else who has supported me over the years and stood by me in the good times and the bad, your warmth and support is much appreciated. I hope to stay involved in the sport at some level and am excited to see all the new talent coming through. I wish all those competing the very best for this weekend and the rest of the season.