Posted: 25th April 2022

Many thanks to Emma Denham for talking to our Year 12 students on Wednesday 20 April. Emma is a T/F37 disabled athlete who has a sports scholarship from Bournemouth University, where she is in the fourth year of a Forensic Science degree.

Emma spoke to Year 12 about the sporting and academic goals, she has set since suffering a significant brain haemorrhage when she was in Year 11. Emma was told she may never walk again. She was initially paralysed on her right-hand side and has no right side vision in either eye. Despite her prognosis, Emma is currently first in Long Jump, and third in the Shot Putt and 100m for her category, and has set herself the goal of qualifying for the 2024 Paralympics in Paris.

Academically, Emma successfully passed her GCSEs, all be it a year late, but found A levels to be too challenging with her newly acquired dyslexia. However, she quickly adjusted her plans taking Sport and Science BTEC qualifications, which enabled her to attend Bournemouth University.

Emma was an inspiration for Year 12 offering advice and encouragement to students facing their own challenges and difficulties, as well as talking about the best way to make university choices and speaking about her future career plans.

Images from Bournemouth University’ website.

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