“International Women’s Day reminds the world that we are surrounded by inspirational women.”

These are the words of Westcountry Hawks captain and GB Development player Faye West (pictured above). The 21-year-old from Plymouth is part of a talented group of female players that play wheelchair rugby for one of the many clubs across the UK and Ireland, writes Nathaniel Holland.

As we build up to International Women’s Day on March 8th GBWR is to celebrate the occasion profilng some incredible females in wheelchair rugby. GBWR are fortunate to be part of a rare group of mixed gender sports where men and women play alongside each other. And it isn’t just on the court where women are doing great things, we are lucky to have a great network of female officials, volunteers, supporters and staff.

West was inspired to play the sport following the London 2012 Paralympic Games and her hard work and determination on court have not gone unnoticed as she was selected for the current GB Development team in January 2018.

“Reaching the development team is definitely my proudest moment in sport so far.

“As a woman playing sport it is important to be a role model for others; on top of that I love playing against the guys too. I love the team spirit and it’s a great community to be a part of”. West added.

Listing Tanni Grey-Thompson, Emma Watson and Lady Gaga as some of her female inspirations, West will be hoping that they can inspire her as she enters the final Division Two weekend of the season with a potential spot in the National Championships up for grabs.

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