Jade discovered wheelchair basketball as a non-classifiable player through her sister Adele’s participation in the sport. Wheelchair basketball allowed the Atkin sisters to play in competitive sport alongside each other for the first time. Jade then acquired Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia, a rare inherited disorder that causes weakness and stiffness in the leg muscles, permitting her to compete as a classifiable player.
Since first starting the sport, Jade has advanced through the British Wheelchair Basketball pathway with confidence. In 2018, Jade made her Great Britain debut at the U24 Women’s European Championships where they dominated the tournament and won gold. Jade was a starter for Great Britain in the U25 World Championships, helping her side win a bronze medal.
Jade has received unwavering support from key figures throughout her basketball journey to date. When recognising these figures, Jade credits David Kingstone of Blackhawks Wheelchair Basketball Club, Carl Scott at Tornadoes Wheelchair Basketball Club, and Jack Davey, her current National League club coach at Exeter Otters.
Combining her basketball aspirations with her personal development, Jade is a Cardiff Metropolitan University student athlete, studying an undergraduate degree in Health and Social Care. Jade states her excitement for this next chapter, by saying:
“I am beyond excited to become an Archer. The high-performance programme allows me to combine my studies with basketball in an environment that has displayed their commitment to developing female athletes. The team that has been recruited radiates positive energy, and I am thrilled to be a part of a team where everyone supports, encourages, and backs each other. All while competing in a sport that we mutually love.”