I have always been an active person, but my injury on duty resulted in a long-term disability being diagnosed shortly after the accident.
At the time I did not realise my life would change with the disability progressing so quickly and affecting various lower joints.
This took a big toll on my mental health, as I also lost my father and had a breakdown in my marriage during this time.
Plus m0y job was on the line and I was being pressured by my employer.
I still attended work everyday but was put off from exercising as I couldn’t do the activities or sports that I used to do.
My disability motivates me everyday because it gives me the opportunity to inspire the younger and older generation that anything’s impossible regardless of a person’s ability.
Wheelchair sports give me a purpose, keep me active, aid my disabilities, plus they help me socialise and manage my mental health.
My team, Gravesend Dynamite Wheelchair Rugby League, plus international players and coaches who I play alongside or met, have motivated me because they’ve made me see my true potential and openly given me advice.
Competitions motivate me.
I competed two Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby 5’s (WR5s) tournaments in 2022 and 2023 and we came second two years in a row.
During a tournament, I’ve met and spoken to an MBE Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby Player who is also the first female Wheelchair Paralympic Champion.
This inspired me to pursue further as a female player.
In this time, I’ve also made some awesome friends and teammates and now I hope to take my Wheelchair Rugby League career further.
Wheelchair Rugby League is brutal, exciting and fun and I would recommend it to anyone wanting to compete, socialise, build confidence, overcome mental health or injuries, deal with disability or keep fit.
I’m open and transparent with employers by explaining my sport commitments and the importance of my attendance.
Employers have been supportive in arranging annual leave or leaving work earlier to attend training and matches.
I’ve recently changed jobs and that enables me to plan my schedule better to be able to attend training sessions in the weekdays and to attend matches during the weekdays or weekends.
I am hoping to take my Wheelchair Rugby League career further.