Natalie was the only female British judoka selected to compete at Rio 2016, where she made her Paralympic debut.
The Kin Ryu Judo Club fighter only took up judo in 2011, training twice a week at her home club, in Crawley, against sighted opponents.
After impressing against experienced Paralympic athletes, many of whom participated at London 2012, she was selected to go to the 2013 Junior World Championships – where she won gold.
In 2014 she progressed to the senior world championships and travelled to Colorado, America, to take on the world’s best visually impaired judoka.
She lost a close contest against a Mexican athlete, meaning she missed out on fighting for a bronze medal and eventually finishing seventh.
Natalie went on to win the 2015 Kent International and finished second in the 2016 German Open.
At Rio 2016, Natalie lost to home favourite Martins Maldonado in the women’s -70kg category, meaning she placed seventh overall.
Natalie is a student at the University of Wolverhampton (Walsall Campus)
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