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Maria Verdeille



Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Cerebral Palsy
T35, F35

Further personal information

Hitchin, ENG

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
During high school she was approached by Ross Cramp, the Partnership Development Manager for North Herts School Sport Partnership. He invited her to attend athletics training with other people who had impairments.
Why this sport?
"At first, I was really nervous but I soon made friends and enjoyed sports even more. After a couple of sessions, I felt more confident as I was racing against people at my speed and ability which made it seem fairer to me."
Club / Team
Stevenage & North Herts: England
Training Regime
She trains a couple of times a week.

General interest

Swimming, supporting Arsenal FC, watching the British TV show Eastenders. (, 27 Aug 2011)
Hero / Idol
English footballers Theo Walcott, Jack Wilshere, David Beckham, track and field athletes Jessica Ennis, Dwain Chambers, Andy Turner, Usain Bolt, and tennis player Andy Murray. (Facebook profile, 08 Sep 2011)
Awards and honours
She is the youngest person in the UK to receive a Gold Award for officiating boccia. (, 17 Jul 2010)
Other sports
She plays boccia at national level. (, 27 Aug 2011)
She was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at age two and doctors thought she would never walk. (, 11 Jul 2011)