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WOODS Rochelle
Sport Para athletics
NPC Great Britain   
GenderWomen
Age32
Place of BirthBlackpool, ENG
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T54
Further Personal Information
Marital status
Married
Family
Husband Chris Oxley
Residence
Lytham St Annes, ENG
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began wheelchair racing at age 15 in a two-mile junior competition that was part of the London Marathon in England.
Why this sport?
Her first coach Jason Gil let her try his racing wheelchair and she loved it.
Club / Team
Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde Athletic Club: England
Name of coach
Paula Dunn [national], GBR; Jenny Archer [personal], GBR
Senior International Debut
Year
2005
Competing for
Great Britain
General Interest
Nicknames
Shelly (englandathletics.org, 16 Jun 2014)
Memorable sporting achievement
Breaking the world record for the 1500m in 2010. (shellywoods.com, 2014)
Hero / Idol
British wheelchair racer David Weir. (sportsaid.org.uk, 06 May 2014)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"To get to the top of wheelchair racing and stay there is all about attitude, motivation, determination, dedication, power and speed." (24sevenmedia.co.uk, 04 Apr 2013)
Awards and honours
She has received a Civic Honour Award from Fylde Borough Council in England. (lythamstannesexpress.co.uk, 16 Jan 2013)
Impairment
In 1997 she was playing hide-and-seek with friends and fell from a tree. She broke her back which resulted in paraplegia. (24sevenmedia.co.uk, 04 Apr 2013; fabulousmag.co.uk, 20 Jan 2013; paralympics.org.uk, 05 Feb 2010)
Other information
LOST FUNDING
She admits to having had a bad season following the 2012 Paralympic Games in London, which resulted in her losing her funding from British Athletics. "I had to make some changes and that was hard to get used to. Not only did I lose my funding, I lost my support from them. It was really hard to take, especially having one bad year after doing so well the previous years." (bt.com, 24 Apr 2015; cnn.com, 25 Mar 2015)

BEIJING RE-RUN
She avoided a crash to win a silver medal in the 5000m at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing. However, she had to hand the medal back after the medal ceremony when officials decided the race would be re-run. Four days later she managed to win bronze. "I did actually consider running home with the medal, jumping on a plane back to London, but there was no way I was going to miss that re-run." (cnn.com, 25 Mar 2015)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
3 2008 5000m T54 12:29.32
5 2008 800m T54 1:50.03
2 2008 1500m T54 3:40.99
4 2008 Marathon T54 1:40:03
8 2012 5000m T54 12:29.26
Round 1 2012 800m T54 1:56.39
6 2012 1500m T54 3:37.97
2 2012 Marathon T54 1:46:34
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
12 2006 800m T54 2:03.82
8 2006 1500m T54 3:44.99
4 2006 5000m T54 13:42.36
3 2006 Marathon T54 1:53.04
3 2011 5000m T54 12:52.82
5 2011 800m T54 1:55.97
7 2011 1500m T54 3:37.89
  2011 Marathon T54  DNS
12 2013 5000m T54 13:31.80
  2013 Marathon T54  DNF
Commonwealth Games (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
7 2006 800m T54 1:58.92
6 2014 1500m T54 4:06.26
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
5 2014 5000m T54 13:57.58
5 2014 800m T54 2:05.72
5 2014 1500m T54 4:10.61