CP Sport collected a range of profiles from people with CP that participate in sport, as well as profiles from coaches, physiotherapists and parents of players to use as promotional material during the #CPAwarenessMonth. We aim to encourage more people with CP to take part in sport by sharing positive stories and delivering opportunities.
Name: Emily Mclean
Role: Athlete (Para Ice Hockey)
Clubs: Sheffield Steelkings and GB Women
About me: I’m a para ice hockey athlete and play club wheelchair basketball. I’ve been playing para ice hockey for just over a year and love the sport, I’ve gone from strength to strength and represent GB at the first Women’s World Challenge in 2022, it was the first IPC sanctioned event for women in the sport and I scored the GB women’s first ever goal.
How I benefit from playing sport: The teams are like a family and support each other both on and off the ice. I get the physical benefit of playing the sport and a purpose to go to the gym to make gains.
The impact sport has had on my life: The sport has given me new goals to work towards.
My ambitions in sport: I want to be the best para ice hockey player that I can be whilst encouraging more people into the sport and see it grow in the UK.
What would you say to others with CP about playing sport:
Don’t be afraid to try something different! It’s not as cold as you think!
What other sports I would like to try given the opportunity: I will give any sport a try there’s so many benefits to trying new sports.