Alison is campaigning for the 2016 Olympics in Rio.
She began her sailing career by crewing for adults in a GP14 dinghy at Trimpley Sailing Club, located at a small reservoir near Bewdley in Worcestershire. Seeking more independence she soon moved into an Optimist dinghy, competing nationally and winning a place on the National Optimist Squad. At 14 years old she moved to the Topper Class, again being selected for the National Squad and was successful at many national regattas.
In 2003 she moved to the Laser Radial competing at the ISAF Youth Worlds in 2005 where she won the bronze medal. For the following 3 years she balanced her sailing with university, graduating from the University of Southampton with a 1st in Civil Engineering in 2008. She then relocated to Portland to campaign full time for the 2012 Olympics and will continue to train there for the 2016 Olympics in Rio.
As a member of the British Sailing team, Alison receives basic funding but requires additional support to help her achieve her sporting goals. Extra funding would enable her to compete more often against world class sailors and spend more time in Rio developing her understanding of the venue.