Charlotte, 16, from Tile Hill in Coventry is a very passionate sports woman. Charlotte has been involved with Whizz-Kidz for several years, having received her first specialist sports wheelchair when she was six. Since then, Charlotte has gone from strength to strength, with achievements including: winning the London Mini-Marathon four times, playing international-level basketball and playing tennis at a high level –look out for her in Rio 2016!
When she’s not busy playing sport, Charlotte attends the Coventry Ambassador Club and joined Whizz-Kidz Patron and Paralympic gold medallist Hannah Cockroft MBE to launch the Generation Inspired report into Paralympic Legacy at No.10 Downing Street.
‘I have always loved sport and have been really lucky to be able to get involved with a variety of activities, partly thanks to the support Whizz-Kidz has given me.
‘Whizz-Kidz provided me with the perfect sports wheelchair. My family and I knew exactly which one we wanted and Whizz-Kidz made it happen.
'Charlotte has won the Virgin London wheelchair mini marathon four times, raising over £2000 for Whizz-Kidz and other charities. After her last win, in 2013, Charlotte received her trophy from HRH Prince Harry, who even remembered her from her victory the previous year!
‘I loved taking on the mini marathon each year, it was a personal challenge that was really great fun to be a part of. I am very proud of my title having won it four times. The streets are lined with people cheering you on and encouraging you to do your best, it’s a great experience.
‘My commitments to wheelchair basketball have now increased so I don’t have much time to do wheelchair racing as I used to. I am part of the GB Women’s wheelchair basketball team, the GB women’s under-25 team, plus I play for my local team in the first division, the regional women’s team, and junior team too! I really enjoy the training, the games and the travelling’.
Charlotte’s Dad, Kester, says:
‘Charlotte played at the World Basketball Championships in Toronto last year. She helped the GB Women’s team to their strongest finish so far. Charlotte hopes to be selected to play at the European Championships later this year, as well as the Paralympics in Rio next year!
‘Charlotte did a talk at the Houses of Parliament last year before the Virgin London Marathon, and has also done talks at London City Hall.
‘Charlotte loves her sport. She loves taking part, winning and making friends through it. Charlotte has always recognised the importance of the right equipment. It was Whizz-Kidz who helped Charlotte from an early age by providing her with a good quality sports daychair that she was able to move freely - and often too fast - in. Then they helped by providing her wheelchair tennis chair, enabling Charlotte to compete at a high level in tournaments across the UK. Charlotte has always been keen to let people know about the difference Whizz-Kidz makes to the lives of young people through their work.’
‘The Whizz-Kidz Ambassador Club in Coventry is amazing. It gives the opportunity for young wheelchair users to socialise, have a laugh, learn new skills and also get involved with some really great campaigns.
'At the beginning of 2013 Charlotte helped launch Whizz-Kidz’s Generation Inspired report into the legacy of the London 2012 Paralympic Games, alongside fellow Ambassador Joel and Paralympic gold medallist, Hannah Cockcroft who also received a sports wheelchair from Whizz-Kidz.
‘I am proud to be part of ‘Generation Inspired’ as I believe in communities working together so that schools, disabled sports clubs, parents and young people can share expertise, facilities and opportunities to play.’