Heather was forced to stop training at the University of Bath and moved back home with her parents, funding her continued training with three part-time jobs: as a swimming coach, a barmaid and a physiotherapist.
She qualified for the 2008 Beijing Olympics without funding and went on to win Silver and finish the year ranked No.1 in the World. 2009 brought more medals at the European Championships and Heather remains Britain's No.1 female Pentathlete.
"Winning an Olympic Silver medal was an amazing experience however the opportunity to do something similar in front of a home crowd is just mind blowing. I can't wait for London 2012 and I hope that you enjoy following me on my journey there."
Heather is very popular with the media and the corporate speaking circuit due to her bubbly personality and inspiring story of triumph over adversity. Her plan is to make London 2012 her swansong and fully intends to end her career on a high by winning a medal in front of her home crowd.
Updated - 09/02/2012
This is the most important season in four years for any athlete involved in an Olympic sport and it is now well underway. For me as a modern pentathlete I am currently half way through three domestic competitions. These lead to the next stage in qualifying as they will decide who is given the opportunity to compete a the first couple of world cups in the spring.
This may be our period of winter training when the mileage is upped, the weights are heavy and the hours are long but there are still plenty of competitions to keep us fresh. I personally enjoy competing and enter several events in the individual sports. On top of two full pentathlons I have run in several cross country races, fenced in three British opens and swum for Devon masters at the team regional championships. I managed to do plenty of decent training over the Christmas and New Year period and having just returned from an altitude training camp in the French Pyrenees, I am ready to take on the first World Cups of the 2012 season which I have been selected for.
Are you inspired by Heather's story? Why not help people to achieve their indvidual fitness goals by taking a Personal Trainer Course.
Friendly helpful staff
Keep going guys you are doing great job. To be honest the lady I was talking to was so positive and friendly that I was really close to ask her for a drink!
Excellent student support, helpful staff and a brilliant oppertunity to study and learn something new.
Kat was really helpful and kind! Nothing was ever too much for her and she really went out of her way to help me.
It was really easy to blok and the whole team of the Training Room is helpful
very good service, very pleased
Great service, very friendly and helpful
Steve was a great help in talking me through the pricess
Very friendly and professionally.
Simona Evelina Tamas
Very friendly and helpful staff who explained everything and answered all my questions which were slightly outside the usual criteria as I live and work in France. I'm looking forward to starting the training and hope that it will be as well organised as the process up until now.
All staff was really helpful,
They delivered excellent customer service, I really couldn't of been happier with this service
Great conmunication lovely people and couldnt do enough to help me work round my child care.
Holly Jade Caldicott
I found my experience friendly and helpful and easy to understand
Everyone who contacted me or I was in contact with was very friendly, helpful and informative. Very professional yet easy going.
Excellent service and help provided throughout, thanks a lot! Andy McGlashan (tutor) replied 99% of the time within a couple of hours to any questions and when providing feedback to me, top guy couldn't ask for more
The course was really helpful and it gave me the skills I need to become a Personal Trainer, I have now started work at Pure Gym in Warrington.
All of the admin staff were incredibly helpful and instrumental in my attendance and attainment of the course, and my tutor Tracey Lilburn at the Newcastle school was overwhelming supportive and absolutely the reason for my success.
I get very quickly answers to my questions.
Fast track course so it's intense but head down listen and you will be a happy pt