I started to look for running tracks where wheelchair racing was encouraged. I met a kind couple who were helping youngsters with their training on the Wirral. They were part of the Leasowe Leisure Centre. They really were keen for me to have a go and after trying one of their very old fashioned racing wheelchairs, they said I could be really good if I could get a chair that fitted me. Unfortunately the funds were not available at that time, so it was a further 10 years before I got into racing.
As a result, I continued to practise basketball, playing in both men and women's teams nationally and internationally. I trained daily and got stronger. In 1988 I was selected for the women's team for the Seoul Paralympics! I was 24 years old, it was a huge excitement to be going to Korea and being part of such a prestigious team! However, whilst at the Paralympics, I actually spent much, if not all of my spare time at the side of the track, watching the wheelchair racing. It mesmerised me, the chairs were interesting in design... so sleek. The racing was fast, yet graceful. I sat and watched as various men and women effortlessly seemed to glide around the track. I was determined to make it happen...