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Explore the mind with Lucy Shuker

Rated 4.90 out of 5 from 21 reviews.Part of the Olympian and Paralympian collection
Worldwide Paralympic Partner

Paralympic experience hosted by Lucy

60 mins
Up to 10 people
Join from your computer, phone, or tablet
Hosted in English

What you'll do

Joined by my Sports Psychologist, Dr. Emma Kavanagh, we’ll discuss the importance of sports psychology from an athlete and practitioner’s perspective. Exploring the challenges and transitions I have faced throughout my career, we’ll also look specifically at the effort to cope with COVID-19 as a Paralympic athlete and what a return to competition looks like now.

I will share my journey, starting from the moment when I realised that I was never going to walk again to when I qualified for my first Paralympic Games in Beijing 2008 and on to London 2012—where I made history by becoming one of the first women to win a medal in wheelchair tennis for Great Britain.

There have been lots of ups and downs along the way and there will always be setbacks in life, but I believe it’s how you respond to those challenges that counts. With this experience, I hope to inspire people to strive for success no matter what life throws at them so they can simply work at being the best version of themselves.

Also, I hope this is interactive! Throughout the experience, there will be lots of opportunities for questions. Don’t be afraid to ask me anything.

Proceeds from this experience go towards supporting Back Up Trust, a non-profit organisation that helps people, like me, who have been affected by a spinal cord injury.
Joined by my Sports Psychologist, Dr. Emma Kavanagh, we’ll discuss the importance of sports psychology from an athlete and practitioner’s perspective. Exploring the challenges and transitions I have faced throughout my career, we’ll also look specifically at the effort to cope with COVID-19 as a Paralympic athlete and what a return to competition looks like now.

I will share my journey, starting from the moment when I realised that I…

How to participate

  • Join a video call
    Download Zoom for free on a desktop or mobile device. After you book, you’ll receive an email with a link and details on how to join.

What to bring

  • Computer or mobile device
  • Stable internet
  • Pen and paper
From £15
/ person
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Meet your host, Lucy

Paralympian · Representing Great Britain · Host on Airbnb since 2020
  • 21 Reviews
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Hello! I'm Lucy Shuker and I'm a Double Paralympic Bronze Medallist in Wheelchair Tennis.

I started playing wheelchair tennis following a motorbike accident in 2001, which left me paralysed from the chest down. I have since gone on to enjoy a career that has spanned over 18 years, including three Paralympic Games, career best rankings of World No.5 in Singles and World No.3 in Doubles, and over 100 International titles.

I have faced many challenges in my career, like being told that I couldn’t compete with the best because of my injury, but a strong mindset has helped me overcome all of them. Since my accident, I have managed to carve out my own journey to success that I know I can feel very proud of.
Hello! I'm Lucy Shuker and I'm a Double Paralympic Bronze Medallist in Wheelchair Tennis.

I started playing wheelchair tennis following a motorbike accident in 2001, which left me paralysed from the chest down. I have since gone on to enjoy a career that has spanned over 18 years, including three Paralympic Games, career best rankings of World No.5 in Singles and World No.3 in Doubles, and over 100 International titles.

I have faced many challenges in my career, like being…
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About the organisation: Back Up



Back Up inspire people like me that have been affected by spinal cord injury. For over 30 years, they've helped people and their families to rebuild their independence. Their award-winning, practical services challenge the perceptions of what’s possible and increase skills and confidence helping people adjust positively to spinal cord injury. www.backuptrust.org.uk

This is a social impact experience where 100% of what you pay for this experience goes to Back Up.
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Rated 4.90 out of 5 from 21 reviews.

Juanita
August 2020
Lucy’s story is so inspiring and it was so special to hear it from her. We all had a chance to participate and ask questions which she was so open to answering. I would definitely this experience!
Gaby
August 2020
This was an incredible opportunity to learn about such an inspiring journey! Truly motivating and wonderful to be a part of. Thank you Lucy & Emma for sharing your story and knowledge.
Debbie
July 2020
It was a real privilege to hear Lucy's personal experience and story. She spoke well and it felt like an exclusive, intimate experience; like going out for dinner with Lucy. To also have the more scientific and professional perspective from Emma was brilliant as she really helped us all to understand the psychology of learning to adapt.
It was a real privilege to hear Lucy's personal experience and story. She spoke well and it felt like an exclusive, intimate experience; like going out for dinner with Lucy. To al…
Kiriah
July 2020
Lucy's experience was very inspiring and impressive to learn more about the pyscology behind her resilience as a world class athlete. I thought it was a great touch including her with her sport's pycologist to explain more about how they work together. Great experience and I would highly recommend it!
Lucy's experience was very inspiring and impressive to learn more about the pyscology behind her resilience as a world class athlete. I thought it was a great touch including her w…
Sophie
July 2020
Really enjoyed this session. I found it really insightful and enjoyed hearing from two people who are clearly so passionate about what they do.
Katie
July 2020
Even if you’ve never seen wheelchair tennis, I’d warmly recommend this experience for really getting behind the psychology of being a world class competitor. I loved the interaction between Lucy and sports psychologist, Emma, in terms of hearing Lucy’s story and achievement but also getting the perspective of what type of mindset it takes. Both are great at taking questions and super engaging.
Even if you’ve never seen wheelchair tennis, I’d warmly recommend this experience for really getting behind the psychology of being a world class competitor. I loved the interactio…

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

You’ll need an internet connection and the ability to stream audio and video to participate. A link and details on how to join will be included in your booking confirmation email.