University of East London student Vanessa Daobry set for Great Britain Paralympics debut at European Athletics Championships

Published in The Docklands & East London Advertiser, 6/2/2016


Her sporting ‘new beginning’ came in December 2014 when, after taking part in the throwing try-out session, she was invited to train with leading Paralympic coach Alison O’Riordan at the Lee Valley Athletics Centre in Edmonton.

After a lifetime of steadily worsening physical challenges, Daobry admits she was initially hesitant – not least because she had recently undergone surgery.

She was born with a muscular skeletal condition called Ehlers Danlos Syndrome and also developed a neurological condition called Dystonia, which makes her body go into abnormal postures.

She has used a wheelchair for the last nine years after her condition degenerated to the point where she was pretty much confined to bed.

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