What club do you play for or coach?
I combine playing and coaching for Glasgow Goalball Club.
How did you discover goalball?
I practiced karate for years and wanted to explore and improve my coaching skills. I came across goalball by word of mouth at a coaching event in London for improving sport accessibility.
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?
Nothing really but if I want to get moving, I might listen to Iron Maiden or Machine Head.
Do you have any pre-game superstitions or rituals?
Not a ritual exactly, but a good warm up helps me focus for the game ahead.
Do you have a favourite post-match meal?
My husband cooks a lovely dish of chicken with a broccoli cream sauce. I love that!
Which goalball player do you admire the most and why?
My favourite goalball player, that’s a tough one! I’ll choose Sarah Leiter because of her focus and dedication to the sport. I admire her attitude to life, she keeps going, overcoming obstacles to reach her goals.
Outside of goalball, what other hobbies/sports do you do?
Karate has moved to the back burner for a while so at the moment I mostly go hill walking – I love the fresh air and the wind. Wind is important if there are midges about, otherwise a fast walk almost works! They are an inspiration with size irrelevant to the punch they can pack!
Finally, what place, anywhere in the world, is on your bucket list to visit and why?
I’d love to visit Fingal’s Cave on the Isle of Staffa (a small island off the west coast of Scotland) because of the ancient volcanic hexagonal basalt columns. I’m very curious about the sound of the sea in such a cave. Some famous visitors included Jules Verne and Queen Victoria. Felix Mendelssohn composed the Hebrides Overture after a stormy visit in the early 19th century.