Lee Fawcett – Wheelchair basketball

Lee is a former Great Britain Wheelchair Basketball player and Great Britain Wheelchair Fencer. He is currently the Head coach and player for Newcastle Eagles Wheelchair Basketball Team. Lee is an Athlete Mentor and he visits schools and businesses helping to motivate and inspire people to achieve.

What made you want to become an athlete?

It was always a dream of mine ever since I was a small boy to be a footballer.

What has been your proudest moment to date?

Winning the bronze medal in the European Championships with the Great Britain basketball team.

What does your typical day involve?

I train 4 times a week plus a game at the weekend.

Who or what inspires you to get up in a morning?

I always think that someone around the world is training better so I should join them!

What do your friends and family think about what you do?

Everyone is proud and supports me 100%.

How did you get to where you are today?

A lot of hard work, determination, sacrifices and will power.

Looking back, is there anything you would change/do differently if you could?

I am proud of everything I have achieved.

What advice would you give to someone thinking of following in your path?

I would advise them to be prepared to face challenges head on. They would have to make many sacrifices but the rewards are worth it.

How do you use sports science to support your training/performance?

I have been involved in lots of tests at Loughborough University to measure my fitness with the aim of improving my overall performance.

Are there any specific areas of science that you use to help you to maximise your performance?

There are a huge number of people and professions who help me compete to the best of my ability and continuously improve on my performance. These include my coaches, the strength and conditioning team from the English Institute of Sport, the sports science team at Loughborough University, as well as all of my teachers who have always supported me as long as I have been prepared to work hard and focus on my end goals.

What kind of hobbies do you do to relax?

I love watching football and also playing on my PS3.

Have there been any embarrassing moments?

During my first fencing match in Paris the announcer called my name out and pronounced it completely differently. My name is Fawcett so I’ll leave you to imagine how I was announced!
For more information about Lee, check out his personal website here.