Inspired by the Paralympics in 2012 and the strength of fellow wheelchair users, Fiona Carey decided to give it a go for herself. In a few short years she became an athlete and was made captain of East Anglia’s only women’s wheelchair basketball squad in 2018. Fiona, of Cockayne Hatley, Bedfordshire, didn’t let the 2020 lockdowns stop her, swapping the basketball for boxing gloves, and inspiring others as part of the This Girl Can campaign.
Sport England’s data shows that 1.2m fewer women were active during the first lockdown. This Girl Can’s objective is to encourage women to engage in physical activity regardless of shape, size, age or ability, with supporters such as Fiona Carey who are inspiring women to do so. Visit www.thisgirlcan.co.uk to find out more.