1970 to 1974
Started competing in Cerebral Palsy sports 1971, retired in 1987.
Class 2 National Wheelchair Slalom champion every year from 1974 until 1987.
gold, 2 silvers & 1 bronze at the 1982 World CP Championships in Denmark; 3
silvers & 2 bronze at the 1984 Paralympics in Long Island, USA; 1 gold at
the 1985 European Championships in Belgium;
events included: Wheelchair Slalom, 100m & 200m Wheelchair racing, 4x100m
Wheelchair relay race, Distance Kick & Medicine Ball Thrust (two field
events) and Wheelchair Soccer.
1981 won Sports in the South Disabled Sportswoman Achievement Award. Also
received Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award.
1977 became the first severely disabled person in Milton Keynes to study at a
local college of FE, gaining several qualifications including ‘O’ level
1981 joined Neath Hill Professional Workshop (now Milton Keynes Resource
Centre), run by Scope. Trained as a
computer programmer, ran a comprehensive database on Electronic &
Computerised Equipment for Disabled People and gained a University of Keele
Certificate in Information Technology.
1989 took up part time work with Milton Keynes Council’s Sports Development
team. While there, organised two
Bucks Boccia Tournaments and set up a number of sporting activities for disabled
the past four years has been Chairperson of Scope’s Recreation Forum that
enables people with severe disabilities to participate in Sporting and
Recreational activities. In 1996
gained the Community Sports Leaders Award.
1983 left home and moved into a flat run by Milton Keynes Community Care
Service. In 1994 achieved complete
independence by moving into a John Grooms Housing Association bungalow and
managing her own care.