Discovering wheelchair basketball through a have-a-go session at just the age of eight, Libi was surprised at how much quicker she could move in her sports chair in comparison to her day chair. The speed of the game captivated Libi’s attention and allowed her to experience all the other benefits of the sport. Inclusive in nature, Libi highlights the social and physical benefits of participating in the sport, as well as it being the most fun part of her week! Adding that the “shock of the speed and how fun it is will never wear off!”
Swansea Storm welcomed Libi in where she will continue to compete in the National League, developing her at the grassroots level allowing her to be selected for the Wales U15 squad in 2017. After playing in the Wales U15s team for two years, Libi captained the squad in 2019. Since then, Libi has most recently qualified to compete at the 2021 School Games for Wales, securing third spot. Libi also trains with the senior Welsh Women’s Wheelchair Basketball programme, hoping to gain a spot on the roster for the Commonwealth Games qualifiers.
Competing for success in the Women’s Premier League isn’t Libi’s primary focus over the next year as she aims to finish her GCSEs to a high standard, especially in PE and History. She also balances her education and basketball endeavours with being a bookworm.
“Being involved in this fantastic programme is so exciting! I am so excited to play alongside a squad that is made up of such amazingly talented players that can help me learn both on and off the court. I am the youngest player on the roster, so I am excited to be a sponge and learn all sorts of new skills and get stuck in!”