I met Gabriella when I was on another shoot for this series at the Italian Deli which is round the corner from where I live. I found out from her boss that she was an aspiring athlete, a very good one in fact so we got talking and I asked her to be part of this project.
Gabriella is 23 years old and is born and raised in Northampton. She was very hyperactive as a child and it was her Dad that first took her down to the local track to see if she could burn some of that energy off. She fell in love with running from that day and set her sights on becoming a professional athlete.
Since that day she has gone on to be selected to compete at the English Schools Championships when she was 18. This is the highest level you can reach nationally and she was ranked 12th in the country for the 1500m steeplechase. Gabriella is also an English national medalist over the 2000m cross country and was selected to compete at the British University Championships for three consecutive years. She runs for Rugby & Northampton AC and her goal is to make the British rankings for the 3000m & 5000m which will give her the chance to represent Great Britain at the Commonwealth Games.
These photographs have been taken from my Place Where We Dwell project. You can see all the images from that project here