Like many people, I first became aware of goalball in 2012 when London hosted the Paralympics. I worked for the disability charity Papworth Trust at the time, so I was lucky enough to watch a few matches and meet some of the players. I was struck by their skill and bravery and I’m delighted to see some of them still leading in the sport now.
My background is in communications and marketing, and I have worked for over 20 years across the commercial, charity and education sectors. I have managed internal and external campaigns including launching new strategies, rebranding, copywriting and designing new websites. Currently, I am working with various parts of the University of Cambridge on projects including inclusion, diversity and sustainability.
I’m excited by the new strategy at Goalball UK ‘Transforming More Lives’ because it gets to the heart of what the sport is about; transforming the lives of blind and partially sighted people through goalball. As part of the Board, I hope to use my skills to help make goalball a universally recognized sport in the UK so that more people can experience it .
I’ve read inspiring stories about players who discovered the sport through the work of Goalball UK in schools, colleges and universities, and who have progressed through its targeted training programme to become elite sportspeople competing across the World. As an organisation, we want to give more people the chance to get involved by trying the sport then rising through its ranks. I hope to help Goalball UK increase awareness and funding of the sport to ensure its continued growth.
Outside work, I’m kept busy by two children and far too many pets. We walk, cycle, go camping and get muddy. Although I achieve my target step-count every day, I have not reached a high level in any sport and I remain in awe of those who do so.