Nathalie McGloin

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T52

Further personal information

Residence
Towcester, ENG
Occupation
Athlete, Motivational Speaker
Languages
English
Higher education
English - University of Nottingham: England

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She was introduced to wheelchair rugby while rehabilitating from the injuries she sustained in a car accident at age 16. She took up wheelchair racing towards the end of 2016.
Why this sport?
"My physio took me along to this training session, and I saw these guys who had similar levels of injury and were really getting on with life and passionate for the sport. I really took something from that."

General interest

Hero / Idol
Italian racing driver and Para cyclist Alex Zanardi. (aquestionofperformance.com, 01 Dec 2016)
Other sports
She has competed in the Porsche Club Championship in a specially adapted car, finishing 14th on the circuit in the 2016 season. She has also represented Great Britain in wheelchair rugby. (Facebook page, 22 Apr 2017; aquestionofperformance.com, 01 Dec 2016; porscheclubmotorsport.co.uk, 01 Oct 2016)
Impairment
She was paralysed from the chest down after she was involved in a road accident at age 16. (redbull.com, 21 Apr 2016)
Other information
NEED FOR SPEED
In 2013 she became the first British woman with a severe spinal injury to obtain an Association of Racing Drivers Schools [ARDS] licence. She subsequently competed in the Porsche Club Championship against able-bodied drivers. "Once you are in the car, it doesn't matter who you are and what gender you are or whether you're in a wheelchair or able-bodied. You're just another driver and I come to circuits on race days and I'm a driver, not a wheelchair user." (skysports.com, 30 Jun 2015; lifeinthepitlane.com, 13 May 2015; redbull.com, 08 May 2015)

OTHER ACTIVITIES
In 2016 she launched the Spinal Track initiative alongside rally driver Andrew Bayliss. The organisation helps teach people how to drive on a track using only hand controls, and gives wheelchair users the opportunity to drive around Silverstone in England. "For me, there's nothing more empowering than driving a track car around a race circuit." (flatsixes.com, 11 Dec 2016; redbull.com, 21 Apr 2016)

RUGBY AND RECOVERY
After taking up wheelchair rugby as part of her rehabilitation, she went on to pursue the sport more competitively at university. She spread the final year of her studies over two years in an attempt to make the Great Britain squad for the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing. Although she was ultimately unsuccessful, she credits the sport with helping her recovery. "The life-changing thing for me was accepting what had happened to me and learning to cope with it and moving forward and that was rugby. Rugby did that for me." (aquestionofperformance.com, 01 Dec 2016)