Now aged 54, he also competed in the 1993, 1995 and 1997 world championships and works as an executive chef at a Covent Garden restaurant.
Cassiopeia, his daughter, is an actress, singer and theatre writer. The 26-year-old’s debut play, Shuck ‘n’ Jive, co-written with Simone Ibbett-Brown, premiered at Soho Theatre in October 2019 and is published by Oberon Books.
In 2020, she will join the cast of Phantom of the Opera for their UK & Ireland Tour.
AW: When and why did you retire?
FA: In 2000 after the British trials when I was trying to make the team for the Sydney Olympics whilst carrying an injury I had since March 1998 from a meet in Tokyo. I had tried to get fit for the 1998 Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur but had an operation on my ankle and I just thought after seeing the stadium that things happen for a reason and maybe it was time to retire.
AW: How has the transition been and what do you do now?
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