Meme Robertson, from Colne, has represented Great Britain in the under-19's women's team, winning a bronze medal at the International Blind Sports Association (IBSA) Goalball World Youth Championships.
Meme is now hoping to play in the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic summer games. With the help of funding from Lancashire County Council, she began training at the Royal National College for the Blind (RNCB) in September this year. Meme will receive 10 hours per week of coaching; including 1-1 technical coaching, personalised strength and conditioning, access to Psychology, Nutrition and lifestyle workshops and group training alongside other Talent and senior Great Britain athletes. This funding and placement will provide every opportunity for Meme to develop her skills further.
She was born with a vision condition called Nystagmus that causes uncontrolled and repetitive movements in the eyes. Meme's mother Catherine said "Meme does not let this stop her from taking part in sports. She has proved that having a disability does not stop you, although without the funding from Lancashire County Council, she may not have gone to college. .
She has made so much progress and her confidence has grown greatly. She used to feel isolated before taking part in visually impaired sports and she was close to giving up. She is now going to the college of her dreams.
I am so proud and thrilled with her, as long as she is happy, I will be happy."
Meme first became interested in goalball when her visually impaired cricket club, Lancashire Lions, invited her to a goalball training session. She was then invited to Goalball talent days and then eventually progressed to become a part of the GB women's team.
Catherine added "She is such a different person now. She also uses public transport on her own, uses the trains and books her own tickets. She cannot wait to start college on 7th September where she can continue to develop her goalball skills whilst studying and learning crucial independent living and learning skills too."
Along with sports, Meme enjoys drumming and more recently is teaching herself to play the piano and guitar.