My name is Louis and I am a 16 year old athlete who has spina bifida. In my case it means I can’t walk or weight bare on my legs. I also have scoliosis which affects my spine giving me limited rotation and movement.
I have been playing wheelchair basketball for almost 6 years. I was first introduced to the sport and instantly fell in love with it after the 2012 Paralympic games while I lived in York. I moved to Manchester in 2015 and joined Viking’s who gave me my first real opportunity of playing competitive wheelchair basketball in junior league to begin with. Over the last 3 years I have worked hard in training as a player and I am improving my fundamental skills due to the well experienced coaches at Vikings. Between the coaches and other experienced players I feel like I am gaining more skills and getting rid of some bad habits!
I am currently playing for the team in the BWB national league as well as junior league. I am enjoying all the challenges that come along with training and playing.
My brother and sisters also train with me at Vikings which is great as it’s a sport we are all in wheelchairs to compete in. They love training too!
I have represented the north west at Lords Taverners National Championships in Worcester and won gold which was one of the highlights of my career so far.
My dream is to one day play at the Paralympics with Great Britain which I know at Viking’s I will have a chance of being successful in this dream.
I am looking forward to seeing what the future holds for me and this sport.
I can proudly call myself a Viking.