Biography

PWC_0251 Sugden dribbling GB v GERHaving first tried Wheelchair Basketball at the age of 13, Louise found herself hooked on the fast paced game and joined a London Wheelchair Basketball team shortly after.

After many years playing in the National League, Louise was invited to a Great Britain training session and although she was unsuccessful in getting into the squad for the 2002 World Championships, she came back and got her first international experience at the Europeans in 2003 where the team qualified for Athens Paralympics 2004. Her commitment and dedication to the Great Britain team saw her attend every major competition between 2005 – 2014.

Major accomplishments include 5 bronze medals from 6 European Championships, Gold at the 2011 Paralympic World Cup and competing at Beijing and London Paralympic games.

Louise has also had the honour of meeting HRH Queen Elizabeth II and visiting Downing street as well as meeting many celebrities. Photos of some of these events can be found in the gallery.

Having officially retired from Wheelchair Basketball in 2017, Louise has recently discovered a new passion in Para-Powerlifting and is enjoying being involved in elite level sport again and the challenges it presents. Her continued Paralympic journey can be followed on twitter, as well as in blog updates on the website.

Using the navigation bar at the top of this page you can find out more about Louise and other areas of interest, including having her visit your school or workplace.

Blog

Spot The Rookie

So as some of you may know I’ve had a slight change in career path, moving from playing wheelchair basketball to training for para-powerlifting. As strange as it is being a rookie again I’m absolutely loving the challenges of a new sport and the incredibly steep learning curve… (read more)

Gallery

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Visits

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Louise works with many organisations allowing her to visit schools and groups to inspire and keep alive the London 2012 legacy. She has received the following testimonials from these talks:

“It was really great to hear Louise – she’s so inspirational and
really nice too! I enjoyed listening to her and taking photographs
because she made me see how I could achieve anything I want to.”

“Students really enjoyed the talk that Louise gave. They found her
to be very inspiring and motivated, particularly in the manner in
which she managed to overcome her special needs.”

Click here to see more testimonials from Louise’s visits.

Louise is able to offer motivational speaking  sessions and team building sessions where students or companies are able to try Wheelchair Basketball.

To enquire about the cost of any appearances or other way you could support Louise on her Paralympic journey, please contact Louise at louise@louisesugden.co.uk or visit the Contact page.