How did you discover goalball? (What was your first experience of goalball, playing or watching?)
I first discovered goalball through my husband Tommy. When he started playing, I was the guide and taxi service, but one day I got the urge to play! So, I gave it a go but got hit quite hard by Jack Peters. I cried but it did not stop me, I had got the bug but also being able to play alongside my husband and doing something together was great. Our daughter (Tiffany-Jade) then started to play along with my son (Declan), so it then became a family thing. Below is a picture of myself stood next to Tiffany-Jade (number 9) with the rest of the Novice team at a tournament.
Is there a particular song, artist or genre that you listen to before a tournament to get in the mood? (Or anything you’re loving at the moment?) (Or, who is your favourite artist and your favourite song by them?)
It is a song called ‘Yeah You’ by the Manor. It is from South London and how we roll within the community. If I am with the team then I tend to listen to 90’s songs; What is love, push it; to name a few. I also listen to a lot of Adele and Ed Sheeran.
Do you have any pre-game superstitions or rituals? (Or rituals/superstitions day-to-day)?
I do not have any superstitions or rituals, but before every tournament I get the feeling of being sick which is probably just the nerves of playing. Once I have played my first game at a tournament it then turns into drive and determination, that overcomes me and Tommy and the rest of the team motivating each other!
Do you have a favourite post-match meal? (After a long day what would you say your ‘go to’ meal would be?)
I absolutely love steak and more often than not, its steak and chips. If not, then chicken in pitta from Nando’s.
Which goalball player do you admire the most and why?
Well to be honest I admire all the goalball players, being sighted I only get a glimpse of what they have to do on a day to day basis, but if I have to pick one then it is going to have to be my husband Tommy Britton. I have seen how much he has achieved since playing the goalball and how much it helped with his mental illness which changed his entire life to become a fitter person. Since playing goalball he has lost nearly 6 stone and is in the gym 7 days a week! Outside of goalball Tommy is a psychologist and the drive he has to go further into psychology has led to him to start university in February. I also admire how he has overcome some of the challenges that came with his sight loss.
Outside of goalball, what other hobbies/sports do you do?
To be honest outside of goalball, I do not play any other sports as I am a mum of five and they keep me busy. I enjoy colouring as it is really peaceful and therapeutic. I am also a trained hairdresser, so I love getting stuck into that.
Finally, what place, anywhere in the world, is on your bucket list to visit and why?
The Maldives. It just looks so lovely and peaceful; I would love to have a hut in the sea as they look amazing but not forgetting about the spa menu!! This would just be my holiday (no children) but of course I would take Tommy.
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