Students at Oasis Academy Mayfield were treated to a special visit by Paralympian Joy Haizelden, when she joined them in assemblies and PE lessons this week.
Fresh back from winning a gold medal as GB Junior Women’s Team Captain at the Under 24 European Wheelchair Basketball Championships, Joy (19) was able to share her story, starting as a student who wasn’t sporty or accessing much PE at school, through to finding a love of basketball becoming a successful sportswoman.
Joy spoke to students with encouragement for those who might feel that ill-health or disability could limit their
opportunities, urging them to be determined and to fulfil their potential. For Joy, wheelchair basketball was a sport she discovered giving her the opportunity to excel. Earlier this year, Joy also won a silver medal in the world championships.
Interviewing Joy, Paul Woodman, asked her “which was the best team in the world?” Joy, with a bold resolution to be the best, replied, “Netherlands…at the moment!”
The visit concluded with Joy shooting some hoops with students in the PE department, supported by Mayfield’s Saints Foundation Community Champion Edmund Anderson, who recently received a nomination to the ‘Ugo Ehiogu One’s to Watch’ List awarded in London on 1st November this year.
Principal, Claire Taylor, said; “Joy is an inspiration to us all. We were encouraged by her story which gives real hope to our students, particularly those living with disabilities.”
Top 5 facts about Joy Haizelden:
- Nominated for Team of the Year in the Sunday Times Sportswomen of the Year Awards, 2018
- Silver medal in World Championships 2018
- Gold medal in U24 European Championships 2018
- Paralympics GB Team for Rio Paralympics 2016
- Semi-finalist in Rio Paralympics 2016