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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Apr 15, 2019
Mar 30, 2019
Good luck. I hope you get to Tokyo.
Mar 28, 2019
Mary , I know it's not much but I hope this helps. I'm a friend of Jamie's who photographed you and was inspired by what you do.
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
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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