After being spotted at a wheelchair racing event in 2005, Laurie Williams fell in love with both the physical and team characteristics of wheelchair basketball and she is renowned for her speed on the basketball court.
The Manchester native started playing competitively in 2008, quickly earning herself a place within the GB Women’s Team for whom she made her debut at the 2009 BT Paralympic World Cup in Manchester. The following year, Laurie claimed the first of her four European bronze medals to date (2009, 2011, 2013, 2015).
In 2010, Laurie was a crucial part of the GB Women’s Team who played their way to what was then the nation’s highest ever world ranking, securing sixth place at the 2010 World Championships in Birmingham, UK. Further improvement came at the 2014 World Championships in Toronto, Canada, which saw the 2.5 player assist the GB Women to a historical 5th place.
. The 24-year-old has had great success within the junior international circuit throughout her career to date: in addition to an U22 European silver medal from 2010, in 2014 Laurie played her way to silver at the 2014 Women’s U25 European Championships and, in 2015, co-captained the GB Women’s U25 Team with Amy Conroy to the title of U25 World Champions in Beijing, China.
Laurie made her Paralympic Games debut in front of a home crowd at the London 2012 Games; the team earning their best result for ParalympicsGB since the 1996 Atlanta Games with a 7th place finish.
After graduating from Loughborough University with a degree in Social Psychology, Laurie went on to train and study Human Development and Family Studies at the University of Alabama – winning the 2014 National Championship with the Crimson Tide in her graduation year.
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