We have to see it in order to be it

I decided to try wheelchair rugby league in 2022 and discovered a real passion for the sport. Then I started playing disability rugby and later I coached all forms of disability rugby.

Disabled people need representation in sport. We have to see it to be it.

Last year England won both the Disabled and Wheelchair Rugby World Cups.

Both teams have disabled players. Some are amputees and some were born with their disabilities, but both teams agreed on providing clear representation for disabled people.

Wales also competed in the World Wheelchair Rugby League Championship and had two players.

It shows young girls with disabilities that they can be sports stars, represent their country and inspire the next generation.

The Every Body Moves campaign, developed by Paralympics GB and Toyota, formerly known as Parasport, is key because there is a sport or movement for everyone, you just have to find the one that works for you.

More comfort in your own space? Perfect – you can do wheelchair boxing or dance classes online.

For those who want to be outside there is Nordic Walking or Rugby League with a learning disability like me!

The first step is to build more movement into your life. It doesn’t have to be organized Activity; it can be as simple as moving in time to yours favourite Song.

Participating in rugby league has given me so much more than just being active. A recent survey by Savanta tells us that people with disabilities are twice as likely to say we feel lonelier and more isolated now than we did before the pandemic and cost-of-living crisis.

The sport has given me a place to participate and a group of friends to support me not only on the field but off it as well.

Many activities are free or low-cost, so it’s a great way to meet people without breaking the bank.

I encourage you to get out and try a new activity, if it’s not right for you switch to another.

There’s plenty out there and you’ll find someone who will inspire you to be the best version of yourself. You might even make some friends and find a new social life!

Believe me you will be surprised.

My goal for 2023 is to try 12 new sports. Next up is cycling and I’m planning to compete in the Superhero Half Triathlon for people with disabilities in August – something you wouldn’t have heard of me 18 months ago!

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