Nicky BAKER, English Player

For a while I had been following football and watching my sister play regularly, I loved watching but wished I could play. I never had the opportunity until Powerchair football was introduced in England. From the moment I touched a ball, I knew this was the sport for me. I was excited as I played my first game and was also lucky enough to have some natural talent for the game. The more I played, the more the opportunities I wanted to play. I loved the game so much I did a coaching qualification so I could help spread the game and teach others to play it. I have been lucky enough to represent England previously and the honour and joy of putting on your countries shirt.

However. Powerchair football has its downs too. I didn’t make the England team for the first world cup, which had been my dream to play in since I started playing six years before. At this point, it felt like my world had come crashing down around me. But I used this as leverage to go on and achieve more within the sport. My team are currently top of the national league and I’m the vice-captain.

Powerchair football has given me happiness, sadness, tears and excitement. But most of all it’s given me a sense of what can be achieved and nothing is impossible.

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