I have been actively involved in goalball since 2003 so pre-date Goalball UK! Previously I have worked at Leeds City College, Disability Sport Yorkshire and the RNIB.
I enjoy all sports but my favourite is definitely football. I am a massive Everton fan and as a season ticket holder go to all home games and as many away games as possible. In the past this has included European games in Spain, France and Germany – and hopefully there will be more in the future. Come on you blues! I played football competitively for 15 seasons for clubs in Yorkshire and Merseyside but I now just occasionally play for fun. I have also coached at a number of disability clubs.
When I stopped playing football I continued running to keep fit and started entering races, progressing from 5k’s to 10k’s to half marathons and eventually to marathons. As I also enjoy swimming and cycling, I then decided to give triathlon a go and instantly became addicted. Therefore, I now spend lots of time (and money!) taking part in events around the country. This often includes guiding blind and partially sighted athletes.
I’m not very good at sitting still so my holidays usually involve attending big sporting events around the world rather than just sun bathing on a beach! Consequently, I’ve been to numerous Olympic and Paralympic Games, Commonwealth Games and both Men’s and Women’s Football World Cups and European Championships.
I also enjoy listening to live music so regularly go to gigs with old friends from school, dancing around to bands from the 1990’s and reminiscing about our teenage years!