Paralympic Basketball Co-Captain visits Prince’s Trust – 27th September 2013

Great Britain Paralympic basketball star Louise Sugden paid a visit to Reading’s Rivermead Leisure Complex on Friday 27th September to inspire a group of young, aspiring coaches as they undertook their basketball level one coaching badge. Reading Rockets basketball club, together with the Prince’s Trust invited the GB athlete to talk about her experiences and share with the group what it is like to be a professional athlete at the top of their game. The group of seven, hand picked by the Prince’s Trust which works with young and disadvantaged people, heard what an incredible journey the GB Women’s Paralympic basketball co-captain had been through during her childhood growing up to playing wheelchair basketball and representing her country at two Paralympics.

Students and staff were treated to behind the scenes footage at the London 2012 games as well the journey the Great Britain Women’s team, and Louise herself had been on leading up to the prestigious event.

The question and answer session was in full flow with participants asking all sorts of questions to a woman who is clearly very down to earth and very inspiring in how she speaks and comes across. Both the Prince’s Trust and Reading Rockets were delighted to have Louise along and course leader Ben Fisher was really grateful for her attendance. He said,

“To have Louise come and speak to these seven young men and give the impact that she had was truly rewarding. Louise spoke honestly and with a real passion for what she does and for a number of the group to tell us it was the most inspiring person they had ever met was truly special. I can’t thank Louise enough for her time and impact she had and I know the seven young men will never forget this part of their week”


Westminster Academy Christmas Show – 18th December 2012

On 18th December 2012 Louise visited the Westminster Academy to talk to the students and watch the Christmas production. The following feedback was received after the show:

“The Q&A sessions was brilliant and the Christmas Show went really well too!

The 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. They found her to be quite smiley in all aspects of what she does and were very impressed in how she is learning to be an accountant as well as managing to squeeze 20 hours a week of training. Furthermore, one of our special needs students was so excited when we told him that Louise is at the academy and whether he would like to meet her that he literary ran and opened with “Hi. I am a Paralympic swimmer!” After they met, Louise said “This is the kind of people we need! He is already a Paralympic swimmer!!”

Another student said, 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.”



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