Journalist currently based in Manchester, particularly interested in mental health + gender.
With an eclectic professional background in international sport, educational policy, theatre and comedy, and international development.
First class graduate from the University of Cambridge.
When Wendy Fitton was 32 she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis - a disease which would come to rob her of her mobility and her career as a counsellor. But she adjusted. Wendy became used to the frequent medical appointments; she learned to manage her decreasing mobility through the use of her trusty walker.
Benefactors such as David Harding put their alma maters first - but their gifts could be transformational elsewhere, says journalist and school governor Marthe de Ferrer
Today, like so many people around the world, I was incensed by the latest development in the legal battle between two-time Olympic champion Caster Semenya and athletics' world governing body the IAAF. In case you haven't followed this case closely, the IAAF decided last year to introduce restrictions on how much testosterone women competing in specific distances could have in their body.
Last week the Sutton Trust released figures showing that eight elite schools sent more students to Oxbridge than 2,900 other schools combined. While the figures are undoubtedly damning, this isn't anything new. In 2011 the Sutton Trust published almost identical results.
As of yesterday Caster Semenya is allowed to continue competing in athletics without being medicated. A Swiss court temporarily suspended the IAAF ruling which demanded Semenya take drugs in order to compete in events from 400m to the mile. I'm thrilled by this decision.
Today's news in New Zealand utterly devastated me. New Zealand is a country I love, to which I proudly hold citizenship. However the act of terrorism committed in Christchurch today, affecting one in 500 New Zealand Muslims, has shown that nowhere is safe from alt-right hatred.
As we head into yet another week of Brexit chaos there is literally one thing this nation can unite over: none of us are happy. But I'd like to take this moment of unified exhaustion and frustration to talk about one of the biggest factors behind this whole situation, over which I've seen relatively little discussion.
Belgium's Marten Van Riel held off Germany's Justus Nieschlag with a frantic dive across the finishing tape to secure the European sprint triathlon title, writes Marthe de Ferrer in Funchal. Van Riel's victory came as no surprise, starting the race as the highest ranked athlete, and with top ten at
A military mom was caught on camera using a breast pump while running in a triathlon -- refusing to stop so she could smash her personal best. Jaime Sloan, 34, gave birth just seven months ago but hoped she would be to make it through the grueling 70.3-mile Ironman event without having to pump.
I have never been underweight in a clinical sense. No doctor has ever commented on my weight - at either end of the spectrum - despite suffering from eating disorders throughout my adolescence. From the ages of eight to 18, all I wanted was to be an athlete.