- Laurie Williams
- Wheelchair Basketball
- BSc Social Psychology
- 153cm / 5ft 1in
I think mental preparation is really important so I try to go in with a really positive attitude. I have a pair of lucky socks with owls on them as my lucky charm.
Q How did you get started?
A I started doing wheelchair athletics and wheelchair racing when I was 13. I got spotted at the Greater Manchester Youth Games where I was asked to try out wheelchair basketball.
Q What has been the highlight of your career so far?
A Winning gold at the BT Paralympic World Cup 2011.
Q What is your training schedule?
A I train for 16 hours a week. I do a lot of weight lifting and endurance work in the gym. On court we do a lot of shooting work and chair skills.
Q What's your diet on an average day?
A I try to follow a low GI diet so I eat lots of lentils, chick peas and whole grain foods as well as a lot of protein. After a heavy session I’ll usually have some kind of protein bar.
Q What are your hobbies away from sport?
A I am quite interested in music and I would really like to learn the guitar or piano. Sometimes when I have had a really tough competition I’ll have a few days off to completely relax and treat myself to some good food and retail therapy!
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