A former WQE student is flying to the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games to join the Team GB wheelchair basketball team.
Lucy Robinson, 22, completed A-levels at WQE College in 2017 before qualifying as a teacher at Sheffield Hallam University. She took up wheelchair basketball when she could no longer play running sports after damaging her hip at the age of 11.
Lucy initially played for Leicester Cobras wheelchair basketball team, then joined Sheffield Steelers basketball team when she started her degree at Sheffield Hallam University. She has since been selected to be part of the newly formed Loughborough Lightning Ladies Team based at Loughborough University. She sports several accolades including a team gold medal from the U24 European Championships where she was joint top scorer in the final and a team bronze medal from the IWBF U25 World Championships in 2019.
Lucy said: “I still can’t quite believe I have been selected but I have worked so hard to get to this point that I really think I have proved myself and it’s an honour to be on the team.”
Zoe Bailey, Curriculum Area Leader for Health and Sport said: “Lucy was always a dedicated individual. She did well in her academic studies and was always looking to improve her basketball skills. Although she was unable to participate in wheelchair basketball at college, she sought out opportunities to use the facilities and staff knowledge to improve her levels of conditioning for her sport. It is great to see that she has progressed so far!”
Lucy will be competing for Team GB when the Paralympic Games begin on 24th August 2021.