Paralympian, Judith Hamer, joins Row Britannia
Jude is a 4.0 point British Wheelchair Basketball Player who represented Great Britain at the 2012 and 2016 Paralympic Games.
She won a Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Award for bravery and trekked across the Andes Mountains in Ecuador as part of the television programme, Beyond Boundaries.
Jude was born with a short thigh bone in her right leg. She could walk wearing crutches and special shoes. After some 18 operations over thirteen years to attempt to correct it, and with her GCSE exams approaching, she told the doctors that enough was enough. In 2006 she had her right leg amputated below the knee.
The idea of playing sport had not been uppermost in her mind, but in 2007 she became interested in wheelchair basketball. Jude attended a UK Sport Talent Day, and began playing for The Otters, a local club in Exeter, in 2007, as a 4.0 point player. The Lord's Taverners gave her a £2,000 custom-made wheelchair basketball chair.
in 2009, she made her international debut at the Paralympic World Cup. She played with the national side at the European championships, at which they won bronze. They went on to win bronze again in 2011, 2013 and 2015.
Jude won bronze at the Women’s U25 World Championships in St Catherines, Ontario, in 2011, and silver at the Women’s U25 European Championships in 2013.
She was also part of the team at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. "I think we may be at our best for Rio in 2016," she told reporters beforehand, "but 2012 will be the biggest thing I ever do, and I won't be able to play at a home Paralympics ever again."
The British Women's Wheelchair Basketball Team came 7th in London; but Jude, who was then a biochemistry student at the University of Worcester, was selected as part of the team for the 2016 Paralympic Games. The British Team produced its best ever performance at the Paralympics, making it all the way to the semi-finals, but lost to the United States, and then the bronze medal match to the Netherlands.
We are delighted that Jude has joined Row Britannia and will be visiting The University of Worcester on the 21st February between 10am and 1130am.