Well it has been a long time since my last blog, which although it wasn’t intentional, it was time that I needed to adjust.
Since November I have been on an incredible rollercoaster of emotions. I tried to return to the basketball team for Rio but my health was still not allowing me to reach the standard needed to consistently perform against the very best women’s players in the country. And despite performing well at selection camp, I was not chosen for the 12 for the Paralympics or the reserves.
To say I was devastated is an understatement and it has taken me a couple of months to make my peace with the situation. But my health has to be the priority and despite still not quite being 100%, I am working with some incredible people to get me back to my best. Therefore I feel it is the right time for me to announce my retirement from the GB Wheelchair Basketball program. Without wanting to distract from the team and their preparations for Rio, I need this information to be public to allow me to have full closure.
That said I will be going out to Rio as a spectator and I’m looking forward to seeing a Paralympics from a completely different angle.
So what is next for me? Well I’ve accepted a playing contract at Santo Stefano in Italy. As daunting as the prospect of moving to a foreign country is, I’m really looking forward to a completely different way of life and a different kind of challenge.
Beyond that I’m unsure but I’ve been trying my hand at a bit of kayaking so you never know, there may be a Tokyo medal in kayaking with my name on it. You’ll have to watch this space 🙂