AJ is a Grade 3 Wheelchair Basketball coach and runs Cheshire Phoenix Wheelchair Basketball Club based in Chester, with a remit for training and recruitment of players and coaches and also promotion of the club to potential players, supporters and sponsors in the wider community.
Sport has always played a huge part in AJ’s life, and they were a member of various school sports teams and also helped out in the PE Dept teaching other pupils in their spare time.
AJ’s big passion was hockey and although they had to give this up following knee problems, this led them to discovering wheelchair basketball. After playing this new sport for just over six months, AJ attended trials for the GB Women’s Wheelchair Basketball team and was selected to join the squad.
Their international career saw AJ represent Great Britain at European Championships, World Championship and Paralympic Games which AJ describes as the most amazing experience of their life.
AJ made the tough decision to retire from international competition in 2008 having been part of GB Team for over 10 years, with 80 international caps to their name. They are very proud to have played for GB and treasure their experiences.
They now run their own business as a Wheelchair Basketball Coach, Tutor and mentor and regularly appears as a Motivational speaker. They also work as a Mental Health Crisis worker and are on the MA in Counselling at University of Chester.
AJ is happy to talk openly about gender, sexuality, mental health and disability as well as about being diagnosed as Autistic in 2020 and with ADHD in 2021. Their talks help you see that your life can be limitless rather than limited.
AJ loves introducing people to wheelchair basketball and hopefully changing their lives in the way theirs has been changed through sport.