Verity joined AFD at 11 years old in 1982 with her triplet sisters, Amanda and Paulette, after being spotted at their school for having athletic promise. During the early years Verity, along with her sisters competed in the Lily B and Alder valley leagues. As with all of this age group, everyone was encouraged to try all events, Verity seemed to have a talent in the walking events. This provided her with an excellent excuse to break away from her identical sister Amanda who was talented in middle distance running and Paulette who shone at Javelin throwing.
Verity mixed her running and walking training successfully until mid teens when she decided to concentrate on race walking. On specialising in Race walking, the talent really started to emerge. Verity was selected to compete for Hampshire and the South of England at the age of 16, placed 2nd in the English Schools Championships twice, and from there represented GB as a junior from the age of 18.
Verity’s progression grew steadily moving her into Senior Ranks, competing for GB frequently.
Verity’s mother is Scottish and after a lot of debate she decided to follow her heart and love for Scotland and represented the country at various International competitions as well as competing for GB The highlight of her athletic career (so far) was “the Commonwealth Games”, Victoria, Canada. Verity was deputy team captain and finished 7th with a lifetime best of 46.06 over 10 km. Verity was ranked number 2 in Great Britain for 8 years, and competed at the World Championships, World Cup three times and the European Championships, to name just the major championships. It was always her dream to compete at the Olympic Games, but fate was not kind – 1992 Verity was involved in a serious car accident, and 1996 had a work accident that caused a fractured nose. In 1997, after her third World Cup race, Verity and husband David, decided to take a break from competition and start a family.
Verity’s family, Timothy and the twins Kathryn and Christopher have contributed to a 5 year break from competition, but watch this space for her return. Verity is also Accident and Emergency Crew with Surrey Ambulance Service and works part time at present.
Verity has recently been accorded the privilege of appointment as UK Team Manager for major overseas race walking competitions
However, Verity has not yet decided to “hang up her walking shoes”. As the children are growing up she has returned to training and has her sights set on the new challenge of 20 km the current championship distance at the Commonwealth Games.
3km 13.16 (1996)
5 km 23.22 (1995)
10 km 46.06 R (1994)
20km 1hr 53 mins (1997)
English Schools 2nd in 1987 and 1988, 6th in 1986
Major Senior International Competitions
Indoor International – Greece, Hungary, Scotland, Czech Rep (10th February 1990)
U23 International – Spain, GB, Italy vs Germany, Denia, Italy (21st July 1990)
Indoor International – Italy vs GB vs Yugoslavia (13th February 1991)
Indoor International GB vs USA (3rd March 1991)
10 Nation International Czech (26th April 1992)Scotland vs Greece, vs France vs Cyprus, in Athens, Greece (18th July 1992)
World Cup – Mexico (April 1993)
Indoor International – GB vs USA (1993)
Germany – (12 June 1993)
Final – World Eschborn Cup, Championships -Stuttgart (13-22 August 1993)
Turkey, Israel, Wales and Scotland, Istanbul, Turkey (21 May 1994)
Belgium Championships (2nd July 1994)
8 Nations International – Livorno, Italy (11th June 1994)
European Championships – Helsinki, Finland (9th August 1994)
Commonwealth Games – Victoria, Canada (25th August 1994)
World Cup – Beijing, China (29th April 1995)
Spanish Championships, Palma (5 March 1995)
Czech Republic International (27 April 1996)
4 Nations – Moscow, Russia (02 June 1996)
World Cup – Prague, Czech Republic (19 April 1997)