Jen, who worked for the Motivation charity in Backwell, had been coaching an elite adult team in Bristol when she realised two children had joined as there were no junior clubs in the region.

Jennifer, who won a gold medal in wheelchair basketball for America at the Paralympics ,set up a junior team, the South West Scorpions, which plays in Bristol. Youngsters from Portishead and Weston are among the athletes.

She said: “Two children were coming along to the adult sessions because the nearest junior clubs were in Birmingham or London.

“I decided to set one up in Bristol and we now have 20 youngsters, some coming from as far as Bath and Devon to attend.
We are trying to encourage more people to join.”

The South West Scorpions train at Gordano School on Sundays and is open to children, with or without disabilities, and there are sports chairs available to use.

Jennifer added: “A lot of children feel very self conscious and hide their disabilities rather than realise it’s something that makes them different, which can be a really good thing.

“We see a real transformation in the children, it gives them such confidence and helps them to feel more comfortable with their disabilities.”

Jen Is no longer at the Club but her legacy still lives on :)

About South West Scorpions

We have been Running since 2009