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Amy H

Amy H

Name: Amy Hutchinson
Age: 16
Year of the Fix: 2013
Location: Middlewich, Cheshire
Campaign: Promoting disability sport

I have a condition called spina bifida, which basically means 'split spine'. It can affect people to different degrees - in my case, I am paralysed from my waist down and wheelchair dependent.

 

But having disability doesn't stop me from being active and taking part in sports. In my spare time I enjoy cycling, coaching basketball, playing boccia and sitting volleyball.

 

My PE teacher at school was brilliant. She basically said everyone else was doing sport so I would have to take part as well.

 

She got me doing boccia, which is basically bowls but for disabled people, and I’m actually a regional champion now.

 

I think being part of a sport gives you a sense of confidence and acceptance.

 

People accept you when you're part of a team and it makes you want to be part of something which ultimately you love. And I love sport, and to feel accepted into that is amazing.

 

For my Fixers campaign, I am creating a short film to get more people of all abilities trying out disability sport.

Here is a list of people helping me with my Fix:

 

Amy Hafpenny Georgina Fisher
Annalee Jones Jenny Wilson
Archie Jones Josh Wheeler
Bradley Taylor Kelly Barratt
Brandon Dunnersdale Laura Hunt
Conor Gibson Lauren Hawkins
Emily Hitchin Luke Mullock
Emily Moreton Luke Seiler
Emma Price Robbie Broomhall
Francine Wiley Shannon Cruse
Stephanie Taylor

Stephen Knight

Tom Webster, English Federation of Disability Sport

Tom supported my Fix by agreeing to be interviewed for my broadcast item on ITV News.

June 2014

A story about my Fixers campaign and film was featured in the Middlewich Guardian.

 

November 2013

I was interviewed on Cheshire radio station Silk 106.9 on 15th November 2013 about my Fixers campaign, which aims to encourage more people to try disability sports.

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