Previously a keen runner and mountain biker, Melissa enjoys the freedom, speed and exhilaration of Wheelchair Racing. She made her Games debut at London 2012.
- T34 100m/200m
- Home Town:
- Cheltenham, Gloucester
- Warwick University
- Date Of Birth:
- 14th July 1977
- Games Attended:
- London 12
Melissa first got involved in the sport when she attended an open day in Leeds in 2010 as she searched for a suitable sport to get involved in following her initial recovery from a series of strokes.
In May 2011 Melissa started competing and was able to train closer to home after a Wheelchair Racing group was set up at her local track in Cheltenham. Her most memorable moment on the track to date was beating one of her greatest rivals at the 2011 Tartan Games and achieving a new PB in the T34 200m.
With a keen interest in horses, Melissa studied for a degree in Equine Science at Hartpury College. She previously competed in para-Dressage at national level and placed 2nd at the 2011 National Winter Para-Dressage Championships.
At London 2012, Melissa made her Games debut, competing in the T34 100m and the T34 200m, where she qualified for her first Paralympic final and finished in 7th place.
Melissa’s ambitions are to continue her work in schools and education, in particular SEN and disability and sports coaching. She also wishes to further develop her work with charities and social enterprises, working to improve integration in sport for young people.
Melissa acquired her impairment after a series of strokes between 2001 – 2008.
- 2012 London Paralympic Games
T34 100m: 5th (rd1 ht1)
T34 200m: 7th
- 2013 IPC Athletics World Championships, Lyon, France
T34 100m: 5th
T34 200m: 5th