I am 19 years old and play as a 3 point player, I have cerebral palsy or CP for short this mainly affects my legs and because of this I have to use a wheelchair 90% of the time.
I started playing wheelchair basketball at the age of 13 when my local club came into my school, I was told I was “quite good” at the time I was an international swimmer so never expected to take quite as well to wheelchair basketball as I did and definitely didn’t expect to choose wheelchair basketball over swimming...
So far with wheelchair basketball I have been to 5 National Junior Championships where I represented North West,
The Sainsbury’s School games where I represented England North and took home a silver medal,
Won the Allerdale Sports award for a person with a disability two years running (2013 and 2014)
been crown North and national division 3 champions with my local team and been to a Great Britain women’s development camp.
I formally played for Cumbria Wheelchair sports Club
currently play for St Helens Vikings (National league)
Angels Of The North (women’s league div 2)
Blue Stars (women’s league div 3)
Moving teams from my local club to St. Helens was a big decision to make (as I live in Cumbria two and a half hours away) but one I feel has been the best decision I’ve made.
Vikings is more than a club they are a family and although I have only started playing for them this season (2018/2019) I have never felt so welcome. I have known many of the players, parents and volunteers for a few years through junior events and feel like I’ve been a Viking for years!
I look forward to see what the future brings for me with this team we have improved so much in such a short amount of time with new comers and juniors stepping up.
I can’t thank Vikings enough for allowing me to be a part of their team/family this season I have changed so much as a player and as a person I’ve made a lot of friends. I’ve improve my own personal game play with the help of the coaches and others taking time to encourage me, give me constructive advice and their time. I never had the confidence to shout on court as I always felt stupid but now I am shouting a lot louder then I ever thought I could, my pushing technique has also changed and been improved which I am very thankful for. Looking back at how I pushed previous seasons I realise why I struggled with my speed and agility. I have become a lot faster on the court, my defence is improving with the help of my team mates and I definitely see the ball a lot more now I shout for it.
"I am proud to be a Viking!"