Welcome to our series of #KentGirlsCan blogs, where we will be sharing inspiring stories of women and girls from around Kent who are getting active and doing their thing, no matter what anyone else thinks! Today we’re featuring Megan, the Gravesend girl who is taking wheelchair rugby by storm!
Megan used to watch her older brother play running rugby on Sunday mornings, and when her parents suggested to him that he should give wheelchair rugby a try, Megan was keen to get involved as well! Three years on and Megan is still playing, along with her two older brothers. She may be the only girl on the team and one of the younger players, but she can definitely hold her own, and chips in with plenty of tries.
Megan’s enthusiasm and attitude towards getting stuck in has been inspiring for her teammates and coaches. For her, the involvement of her brothers in the team has also added that extra bit of motivation. She says, “I love the sport, meeting new friends, disabled and able-bodied, playing with my brothers and showing them how good I can be”.
Megan’s coach at Gravesend Dynamite is Jason Owen. Jason says “Megan doesn’t hold back. She is always making tackles and she’s always in the right place to score a try. All three siblings impress us, but Megan has particularly improved this season”. As a reward for her hard work, commitment and development, Megan has been shortlisted for the club’s “player’s player of the season” award.
Megan is really showing the spirit and values of #KentGirlsCan!
Wheelchair rugby is a fast and furious, physical game with lots of thrills and spills. It is played by disabled and able-bodied players alike, and male and female players can compete side-by-side. If you would like to give it a try yourself, you can contact Gravesend Dynamite via coach Jason Owen on firstname.lastname@example.org.
The national governing body for wheelchair rugby is Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby. You can find out more about the sport by visiting gbwr.org.uk.
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