Susannah Barnett Wins Disability Sports Person of the Year.

At this years City Of Worcester Sports Awards 2014 Susannah Barnett won the Disability Sports Person Of The Year. The awards were held at the University Arena and were hosted by Steve Cram who also presented each award winner with their trophy.

This was what was said about her on the night:
‘Susannah started rowing 12 months ago and at the end of last year she asked to try sculling in some of the smaller boats. She progressed well and entered a couple of events in the winter. One of which she won in style doing a very quick time to cover the 1750 metre course of Gloucester Head of the River. She also competed at Evesham regatta in a two person boat and won that also. Two months ago she asked about using a one person boat. You can imagine it’s quite difficult for a sighted person to learn to row in a one person boat as they are very unstable and you steer facing backwards. For a blind person it’s huge challenge. Thanks to her coach and Disability Sport Worcester who funded a 2 way radio system, the impossible looked possible. After six sessions being guided by her coach and a two way radio she had her first mainstream Regatta, at Bewdley. She competed didn’t win but gained a standing ovation from the crowd. She has since competed at Stourport and Warwick, getting faster with each race. Probably the biggest change is undoubtedly that that has taken place amongst the minds of the general membership of the club. She has moved people’s attitudes to disability from “don’t want the risk or hassle” to that of being positive , supportive and being totally amazed Her only limitation in the number of training hours coaching support is available and has totally integrated with the sighted people within the club. The effect on other rowers and disabled athletes has been astonishing and she has become a significant role model in the rowing community.’

Disability Sports Person Of The Year

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