Wheelchair basketball star is the pride of Stockcross
Resident Janet Sugden, whose daughter Louise, aged 28, is co-captain and point guard of the British female wheelchair basketball team, said she was hugely proud of the team, who were knocked out of the Paralympics on Tuesday.
Royal Mail said they would transform village post-boxes of gold medal winners in their honour, and with that in mind Miss Sugden and her teammates had gone all out to bring a glistening touch to their home villages.
Mrs Sugden said her daughter was in the middle of her accountancy exams, but that the bean-counting was temporarily set aside for the tilt glory which has been four years of early starts, late nights, and incredible dedication in the making.
“I am immensely proud of how Louise has coped with the many hours of physical and mental training since Beijing and
I’m overjoyed to see her co-captain the GB team,” Mrs Sugden said.
“This will be an occasion they and their families will remember for the rest of their lives.
“I know many people seeing the sport for the first time in the stadiums and watching on TV have gained a lot of enjoyment in the sport which is always exciting.
“Whether they get a medal or not I will always be proud of her achievements. She is a great ambassador for disabled people overcoming the harshest of situations with willpower and determination.”
The team endured a tricky start but recovered before eventually being knocked by Germany in the quarter finals.