How I started
I was born with Robert’s Syndrome, a rare genetic disorder affecting upper and lower body limbs. I am 3ft 7 inches tall and weighs 45kg. Despite having spent most of my childhood and early teenage years in and out of hospital undergoing corrective procedures, I have always been a sports enthusiast and am always keen on taking part in sports. Being the only disabled student at my primary school was a challenge. Due to fears of health and safety, my sporting activity was limited until one day when I showed actual capability in participating in a playground football game which helped break down some barriers.
During my college years, I struggled to cope with his disability. During this period, I was very inactive, became overweight and had little confidence. To help myself overcome these issues, I started playing Wheelchair Basketball, where his self-confidence improved over time. Wheelchair Basketball is a non-contact sport, something I never really grasped as I became accustomed to getting sent off pretty much every game!
Shortly after getting involved with Wheelchair Basketball, I was scouted by Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby. Qualifying to play Wheelchair Rugby, the participant has to have an impairment in 3 or 4 limbs. It is also the only full-contact Paralympic sport, something which caught my attention. After several months of training, I was called up to represent GB in a Four Nations tournament in Australia. It was after this tournament that I was told I probably wouldn’t have a career internationally.
My greatest achievements
My greatest achievement is representing Team GB at the Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020 Paralympics. The experiences were wild and both wonderful opportunities. It was a fantastic feeling representing his own country and I am lucky enough, with all of this hard work to represent Great Britain again this year in the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics!
My Greatest Challenge
I struggled to cope with my disability and how people treated me because of it. I didn’t have many friends and any confidence within myself. I found sport helped him to regain confidence and feel comfortable within myself. I now want to help others realise their potential.
I love watching lots of sports! Especially watching my favourite teams; Manchester United and the English Cricket team. I also enjoy playing Football Manager and cooking! My favourite meal is usually chicken and vegetables as it is a well rounded and healthy meal, but I also love to have a pizza as a treat after a tournament or match!
My future goals
My future goals are to inspire as many people as I can through my actions and story to help people realise their potential.