Robyn Love achieves Rio dream

Robyn Love claims she's stunned herself after earning a dream trip to the Paralympic Games, barely two years after gambling on quitting Edinburgh to give wheelchair basketball a go.

Saturday, 14th May 2016, 5:30 am
Robyn Love
Robyn Love

The 25-year-old was named yesterday in a British squad of 12 for Rio, thus completing a meteoric rise since she ditched her job at Edinburgh Napier University for a shot in the sport.

It’s been a steep learning curve, admits Love, who had to undergo excruciating surgeries in her teens after she was born with a condition that limited the growth of her legs.

And getting the green light has made her wild bet pay off.

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“We found out earlier this week when he got taken into a meeting with the head coach,” Love said. “It was a bit scary but thank goodness I was selected. I can’t quite believe it. I only started playing two years ago after watching it at London 2012. I was debating whether to try it for a long time. But I did and now I’m going to Rio.”

It took a bit of gentle encouragement to push her towards playing, testing the waters before linking up with local club Lothian Phoenix to sharpen up her skills.

“I don’t use a chair in daily life so I’d no idea I could even give it a go,” Love said.

After taking bronze at last year’s European Championships, Love insists GB are now gunning for a medal in Brazil. And with ten English team-mates at her side, she’ll aim to stand out.

“We are a bit of a minority – me and the Northern Irish girl on the team,” she confirmed. “But it gives us a little extra edge.”