"When I was nine I did a fun run with my dad and from that moment running became a huge part of my life.
Our house was just 800m from the local stadium and I often stopped to watch the athletes warming up. So, with my dad's encouragement I joined an athletics club, where I met my coach Nick Woods, who has been my mentor.
I knew early on that I wanted this to be my career. So when I broke my leg in three places after my shoe stuck in the mud during a race last year I was devastated.
It was a potentially career-wrecking injury - I had to have metal put in my leg – and it was about eight months before I could train again. But with hard work I got back to where I was.
Its important to show young people what you can achieve with dedication and hard work. From doing that fun run as a kid, I'm now looking forward to joining Team GB at the London 2012. You can already feel the buzz."
"Though I've always loved sports, I never actually dreamt of being an athlete.
So I got my GCSEs, A Levels and a degree in Sports Science, and all the while running was something on the side that I seemed to be good at.
Now I'm facing one of the greatest challenges of my career. The Olympics is what you strive for. We train to be champions.
I feel inspired that Sally Gunnell is backing me for the 2012 Games. It would be amazing to achieve the things that Sally has done – she won a world record.
I know for a fact I wouldn't be here without Chris Zah, my coach. When I was younger and felt like I was missing out on a social life, he reminded me not to give up.
I'm also thankful to my family and boyfriend for all their support. My boyfriend was a huge athletics fan before we met – though he'd never attempt to go for a run with me!
When I'm not training I treat myself to ginger cake and custard - its my weakness! And it's nice to get out of shorts and trainers so when I can, I get dressed up, put on a pair of heels – the higher the better – and go out with the girls.'
"When I was a kid my heroes were Linford Christie and Kelly Holmes. But my idols weren't accessible to me. Which is why I want to inspire as many kids as possible, in person.
I was lucky that I was championed by my first coach George Harrison. I didn't know my dad and George was like a father figure, driving me to all my races.
I had a pretty classic Nigerian upbringing – my mum wanted me to become a doctor or a lawyer. But of course she's very proud of me now!
Athletics was a form of escape for me initially. When I was young, we lived in a poor area where lots of girls were getting into trouble or getting pregnant.
My mum was really strict which was a blessing because it made me look to other things. Running became my outlet. I liked being the best at something, so it made me train harder.
It would mean everything if I made the finals at this summer's Olympics. Once you're there, anything can happen.
Though sport means so much to me, if I wasn't doing this amazing thing, I'd probably be a jazz singer. And one day, I hope to be a mother. If I could, I'd have four!"