I love Vikings because they are my close basketball family, my team mates, my friends who are not just there for me at basketball. They’re there to give advice sometimes when I don’t even ask haha! They’re there to listen even if they could be elsewhere. As well as the basketball I love the social side when we get to have a laugh away from the basketball court, eating, drinking and laughing. Like for so many people life isn’t always birds singing and blue skies but being part of Vikings can be the reason I leave the house on a day when I may not necessarily want to. This wouldn’t always be the case without my very supportive husband who says those wise words “Once you get there you’ll be fine”. It’s true, but don’t tell him I said that. I actually met him at basketball over 25 years ago so this amazing sport certainly has changed my life for the better. Many family members have supported me and some still do and I think that has been very important for me to be able to dedicate my time.
I am no longer able to train or play but when my health allows me to I will continue coaching, developing and helping Vikings and wheelchair basketball as it is a passion of mine and addictive.
Seeing our juniors and seniors progress and achieve goals small or big still gives me butterflies, from catching a ball, scoring their first basket or even wearing a GB vest. Some of my juniors are now my senior players and still learning, achieving and making me proud training to be the best players they can be for each other to improve as individuals and as teams. I can’t always be there but I know with such a supportive network within the ever progressing, expanding Vikings club there’s always someone to coach, to care to be #ProudToBeAViking.
My dream – To have a basketball arena to play and train in at a reasonable price with huge storage and suitable court time to showcase wheelchair basketball in front of spectators cheering and loving the sport as much as I do. #LoveWheelchairBasketball