Alison, who is based in Stirling, is a Paralympic silver medallist, double ITU World Champion and three-time ETU European Champion.
Alison has been crowned European Champion three time (2015, 2016, 2018) and World Champion twice (2014, 2016). On top of this, she has also competed at the Rio de Janeiro Paralympics (2016) in which she took silver in the PTVI category.
Alison was recruited to triathlon from an athletics background in 2013. She is visually impaired (less than 10% vision) and races in the PTVI class with a guide athlete. Alison and her guide are tethered during the swim, ride a tandem bike and run with a tether.
When injuries prevented her from running as much as she wanted to, her friends persuaded her to give triathlon a go. She had previously swum as a junior and raced in the 800m and 1500m on the track at international level. Over 800m she won an IBSA world title. She also represented Scotland as an able-bodied runner at the World Mountain Trophy.
She was working as a physiotherapist when she first joined the paratriathlon programme but has subsequently taken a career break to train full time. After becoming a member of the UK Sport Lottery funded World Class Paratriathlon Squad, Alison was based full time in Loughborough between 2014 and 2017 before moving to Stirling.
The move from athletics to paratriathlon paid off almost immediately with an ITU Paratriathlon world title in 2014 - guided by Jenny Manners. Alison also won the Rio Paralympic test event in 2015, guided by Grace France and achieved automatic qualification for the Paralympic Games.
In Rio, she won silver in her Paralympic debut with Hazel Smith guiding her. That same year Alison won gold at ITU events in Buffalo City and Rotterdam as well as holding off British teammate Melissa Reid to become European champion at Lisbon.
Alison enjoyed success in 2019 as she won gold in the PTVI category at the Milan ITU World Paratriathlon Series in April and claimed silver at the Groupe Copley World Paratriathlon Series Montreal in June.