Last year, Mark and Ann -Marie from the Norwich group had the amazing opportunity to meet with Paralympic athletes Amy Conroy and Danny Nobbs to discuss the groups work on inclusive education. This guest blog post from the group discusses the athletes recent progress and successes.
Last year we were lucky enough to meet two Norfolk Paralympians, Amy Conroy and Danny Nobbs, who have both supported RESULTS UK to campaign on Inclusive Education for People with Disabilities by writing letters, signing petitions and tweeting.
As both have been in competition this year, we thought we would update you all on their progress.
Amy is a GB Wheelchair Basketball player and represented Team GB at this year’s World Championships in Toronto and also in the recent International Series versus The Netherlands on National Paralympian Day at the Copper Box in the Olympic Park. The World Championships were a successful tournament for both Amy and the team, as the GB Women’s wheelchair basketball team made history after they finished 5th overall – their highest ever placing.
In August, Amy was also involved in the International series, as the GB Women’s team took on the Netherlands. The Netherlands won the series 3-0, but the GB Team pushed the Dutch all the way, especially in the final game which finished 54-50 to the Dutch , with Amy top scoring with 28 points, on National Paralympic Day 2014 (30th August) at the Copper Box.
During these Tournaments, Amy has had to fit in her studies during her second year at Loughborough University – which is a testament to her desire and determination.
As for Danny, this has also been an incredible and exciting year. Danny competed in the shot putt at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, but saw his dream of competing at London 2012 ended after changes to the rules for his throwing frame meant UK Athletics dropped him from their Elite funding programme and he did not get selected for Team GB.
Then following 2012, determined to regain his place, Danny found out that his event had been dropped for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. So he decided to switch to a new throwing discipline, the Javelin.
In the past year he has been training hard to improve his technique and set a personal best, and new British Record, of 22.92 metres at the BWAA Grand Prix in Stoke Mandeville in June.
Following his achievements and hard work during the year, Danny was overjoyed to be selected for Team GB at this summer’s IPC Athletics European Championships in Swansea.
It was the first time Danny, had represented Great Britain since the World Championships 2011 – which is testament to Danny`s determination to succeed despite setbacks. In the event, Danny finished 5th, which is an incredible achievement considering he has only been throwing the javelin for a year.
Danny juggles his training and competitions with working at Aviva in Norwich and he is also an Ambassador for the Norwich City Community Sports Foundation and for Disabled Sport.
Both Amy and Danny are a credit to themselves and their sport. With continued improvement, we hope they both improve and excel in their sports, as they bid to qualify for Rio 2016, which is now less than two years away.