Hi I’m Jack and I am #ProudToBeAViking! I was born with a scar on my brain which has given me a physical disability; a condition called Cerebral Palsy. It makes the signals from my brain travel through my body in more of a Zig-Zag than a straight-line and then they get all confused making my muscles do things back to front. For 12 years of my life I wore leg splints and struggled to walk around without falling over. I can walk short distances but I've now chosen to get around in my wheelchair (it really helps as I am no where near as tired at the end of the day and don't keep having to pick myself up off the ground!).
My Davinci Mobility wheelchair looks smart too and gives me a bit more independence :-)
I have always been in to sport and wanted to play football so much when I was younger (it never happened)! 4 ago years though I found the Vikings and my sporting life began! I train every week, coached by some amazing people I have trained with paralympians such as Gregg Warburton and Abdi Jama who are both Bronze medallist from Rio 2016! They are so cool and I want to be just like them! I am myself a Bronze medallist this year playing for the Northwest regional U15’s wheelchair basketball team in Worcester’s Lord's Taverners National Junior Championships 2016. I previously won Gold medals with the Northwest regional team at the Championships in 2014 and 2015. This is partly to do with the preparation I do playing for Viking Hoglets in the junior league u15's through the season.
We now have 2 teams in the newly structured national league and I am in the team call the Whirlers. My first games are in January and we have a lot of travelling to do so if there's any fundraisers out there please get in touch with our club to support us. I have also started helping with coaching outside of club sessions in schools and other places. I am really enjoying it and when I am old enough I am going to do my coaching badges starting with my level 1. It is a great learning opportunity for me so I have the option of being a wheelchair basketball coach in years to come
Playing and coaching is also helping me with my confidence outside of basketball as I try to focus more on the things I can do rather than the things I am unable to do which can be frustrating at times. It is all down to the Vikings though who have helped and supported me to become better and better, everyone is so friendly and will all help and train with me to make me the best player I can be. Every time I get to play I love it. I get both nervous and excited at the same time which I'm told by my coaches is a good thing! I truly feel like I’m part of the Vikings family and #ProudToBeAViking #9 Jack Tate