Weʼre raising £1,500 to support Mary's Badminton Journey Towards The Paralympics Tokyo 2020
- Edinburgh, UK
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As an army mental health nurse, I completed 4 Operational tours, but was injured and then discharged with Multiple Sclerosis. It was a very dark time for me, I felt I was no use anymore. After a long hard look at myself I concluded I was not a quitter and accepted an invitation to the Warrior Games in USA to compete in the swimming. What a life changer for me! I watched someone who had lost limbs during an explosion in Afghanistan swim 50m and win. This was the kick I needed, I trained in the pool regularly and got a shot and discus to train for athletics in my Dad's back garden. I got better and started smashing the flower pots at the other end of his garden.
After the trials, I was selected as the only female team captain of the 12 sports in the first Invictus Games. Prince Harry was inspirational and has since changed serving & veteran lives throughout the world with his insight into what sport can do for physically and mentally injured people, including myself. I trained hard, won gold & 3 bronze in the Olympic pool as well as 2 bronze medals in athletics.
Then aged 53, Para badminton took a hold of me!
March 2017 was my first international competition in Spain, Since then I have competed all over the world, managing to medal in 10 out of 11 internationals. At present I am 4th in the world in my classification and 2nd in Europe.
There's no funding for Para badminton in the UK and I have to pay for flights, entry fees, accommodation, food, medical support and clothing. I have contacted over 170 charities & companies only gaining support from 2 charities & Crombies Butchers (buy Mary's Smashers to support me). I have spent over £18,000 of my War Pension. I am a serious contender for the Paralympics in Tokyo 2020 so I'm desperate to train & compete internationally in an attempt to be selected for the GB Team.
I cannot work due to my illness and my income is very limited so any amount of money you could give would go towards my dream of getting to Tokyo.
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Feb 5, 2019
Looking forward to seeing you at several tournaments this year! I know that every little bit helps, wish I could give more but the Bank of Dad is also supporting Miles this year! :-)
Dec 24, 2018
My mum had MS and unfortunately passed away when I was 18. I am giving you the money I would have spent on her Xmas present. I hope you achieve your dreams. Keep on keeping on
Nov 26, 2018
VERY BEST WISHES
Nov 12, 2018
Oct 23, 2018
Read your story in Woman's Weekly. So moved by your resilience and positivity. Good luck in Tokyo! Mark and Geraldine
Oct 22, 2018
Keep going Mary, we are thinking of you and know you will succeed
Aug 25, 2018
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I was in the British Army for 20 years before being medically discharged with Multiple Sclerosis. I am a serious contender for selection for the GB Paralympic Team. There is no funding for Para badminton & I'm seeking support for compete and win a place. Please read my story