A disabled mother of two talks about her dream of competing in the Paralympic Games in the sport of wheelchair rugby in a powerful documentary on S4C.
Nicola Bee’s life changed forever when she was involved in a car crash at the age of 16 that left her with a broken neck. The doctors told her she would never walk again.
She spent the first three months after the accident in a hospital bed, unable to move an inch. After six months, and a lot of hard work, Nicola left the hospital without a wheelchair, able to walk a little. Doctors also told her she would never be able to have children. But the 32-year old now has two daughters – Siwan and Seren.
Her ambition is to play at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. It’s a very dangerous and competitive sport played mostly by men - in America, it’s known as ‘murder ball’. But Nicola is determined to make her dream a reality and become the first woman to represent Britain in the sport.
Getting involved in wheelchair rugby has given Nicola a lot of confidence and helped her accept her disability. Before, she couldn’t even look at old photos of herself.
“I hated looking at pictures. I would see myself as disabled. Even though I’d been able to walk, I still hadn’t gotten over what happened to me. Rugby has helped me get over that. I’ve come over the mountain that started growing fifteen years ago, and I’m the other side of it now,” Nicola adds.
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