Previously disabled girl set to play horseball for Britain

PUBLISHED: 09:20 15 March 2016 | UPDATED: 09:20 15 March 2016

Monk's Walk pupils Annabelle Tobin and Courtney Goodhew will represent Britain

Monk's Walk pupils Annabelle Tobin and Courtney Goodhew will represent Britain

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A previously disabled 14-year-old girl is set to represent Great Britain at an international horseball tournament.

Monk’s Walk School pupil Courtney Goodhew was diagnosed with a rare incorrect swallow, which resulted in her sustaining lung damage at just 18 months old. She subsequently had to be tube fed until she was 12 and received intravenous therapy from the age of four.

However, after gradually being weaned off the tube, Courtney was advised to take up a sport to help her condition. Her mum, Claire, then got her a pony that stayed at Warden Lodge, where WGC’s horseball team train, and she soon started playing the sport.

Claire said: “When they said find a sport I thought she has not got an exercise tolerance, so lets try horse riding and see how she gets on, and she took to it like a duck to water.

“She’s gone from not having any interaction with any form of team sport to representing Britain.”

Horseball involves four horses on two teams being ridden by players attempting to throw a leather-strapped ball through the opponent’s hoop, and Courtney was one of six youngsters to be scouted nationwide to represent the junior team.

Fellow Monk’s Walk pupil and close friend Annabelle Tobin, 13, was also selected for the team, and the pair will play at the international tournament in Barcelona on April 27.

For the full story check out this week’s paper, out now.

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