Sporting Excellence Scholar: Faye West

Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson is Faye’s role model for many reasons, one being that not only is she a phenomenal athlete, but she is a passionate activist for disability rights.

Learning to drive has been an eye opening experience for Faye: 

"Passing my driving test has allowed me to be more independent."

Where there is a will, there is a way. Despite Faye being in a wheelchair, this has definitely not stopped her in pursuing her dreams of being a high profile athlete.

Faye was born in Plymouth so she has always been aware of the University, though it was the course BA Media Arts and the facilities such as the Life Centre that made Plymouth the definite choice. After lectures, Faye makes use of the on campus facilities at the Nancy Astor Sports Centre to train with a few players to increase her skill and ability.

When Faye is training on Monday evenings at the Life Centre, she is getting herself and her team ready for the weekend leagues.

"These games are a great way to learn, but it is also a fantastic chance to show off in front of my team mates!"

Faye’s coach Chris Perkins has high aspirations for her, believing she can achieve her Paralympic dreams.  

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