Tell us a bit about yourself?
I play for Birmingham Goalball Club and have been involved in goalball since March 2019. I got into goalball as I was looking for a sport to get into since the diagnosis of my genetic condition, Bardet Biedl Syndrome, and I initially played rugby for a long time. Sport has been a big part of my life, which has enabled me to develop vital core principles throughout my time in sport, from the values of rugby: Respect, Teamwork, Enjoyment, and Discipline, which I hope to bring to the Youth Forum.
A person of respect, discipline, and hard work; giving one hundred percent effort. I am passionate about goalball, and throughout my time within the sport I have developed and grown as a person!
I have an enthusiasm for communities and a drive to make a positive impact within sport and society. I am excited to work with Youth Forum members to solve challenges and find solutions to problems, looking to provide opportunities and be a positive role model to both new and existing players through the Youth Forum. I am determined to hear everyone’s opinions and ideas on the Forum.
What do you do outside of goalball?
In my spare time away from the Youth Forum, I watch a lot of different sports; one of my many interests is being a huge Burton Albion FC supporter, where I can be spotted on match days at the Pirelli Stadium.
I am also heavily involved with local politics, engaged in communities, listening to residents in my local constituency, ambitious about improving inclusion within my local Labour Party and engaging with members to discuss disability issues. As well as a keen writer of poetry and an aspiring author.
What is something that inspires you?
One of my favourite quotes from one person that I do admire is the great Ayrton Senna – “if you no longer go for a gap that exists, you are no longer a racing driver”. You can interpret it how you wish but for me it is to show desire and ambition and that you have to take risks and make the most of the opportunities that arise.