Jessica Dowdeswell

Jessica Dowdeswell

Interview

How did you first get involved in your sport?

I began playing wheelchair basektball at the age of six. One of my friends recommended that I "come along and have a go". I was hooked from the first session. I didn't always find it easy, however I persevered and stuck at it.

What does a typical week look like for you?

Monday - School, gym session, homework Tuesday - School, Wheelchair basketball Training (2.5hrs) Wednesday - School, gym session, homework, Thursday - School, Wheelchair basketball Training (4hrs) Friday - School, homework, family movie night Saturday - Wheelchair Basketball games for CWBA 1st Division team, CWBA 3rd Division team, Junior Team, Women's 1st Division Team, GB training or a rest day to meet with with friends, dance or do homework. Sunday -Wheelchair Basketball games for CWBA 1st Division team, CWBA 3rd Division team, Junior Team, Women's 1st Division Team, GB training or a rest day to meet with with friends, dance or do homework.

What motivates you to continue in your sport?

I recognise the need for team, even in individual sports, those sports men and women need other people around them to support them to reach their goals. I May be a shy person but I am also a very competitive person and I want to compete at the highest levels of my sport.

Who is your sporting hero and why?

My sports hero is Maddie Thompson, I got to be on a team with her when we went to the europeans and she always works extremly hard. She has a great shot and is unbelievable fast. She always encourages me and never puts me down. She is smart and lovely to everyone.

What do you do in your free time?

I love to read, it is an escape for me and is something I really enjoy to do. I also love to spend time watching movies with my family and spending time with friends going to the movies or shopping. I also love to dance and have worked with the dance company Candoco.

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