About Cornelia

When I was nearly 10 years into my Army career I was injured in my right foot. Six months later I was diagnosed with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) in my right foot and lower limb, a chronic neurological pain condition for which there is no known cure.

I was medically discharged from the Army in 2016 and really missed being able to be active and playing sport. Luckily, the British Tennis Foundation ran taster sessions for players new to wheelchair tennis and I went along to a few of these.

The bug bit again and my passion for the sport guided me to trialling for the 2017 Invictus Games. I made the team and my doubles partner and I won the bronze medal in the wheelchair tennis event.

Post the Games, I was invited on to the British Tennis Foundation’s Adult Development Squad and it snowballed from there on.

I was selected for the Paralympic Inspiration Programme courtesy of the British Paralympic Association and Help for Heroes and started competing in February 2018.

Helping me to reach my goals is my coach, Marc McCarroll. He is well placed to guide me forward as a former Paralympian and very successful professional wheelchair tennis player himself.I have so much support from my family and friends, not to mention from Help for Heroes, the Invictus Games UK staff and the British Tennis Foundation. There are lots of other people who have also been instrumental in my development as an athlete. The people I met during my military career have shaped my determination, resilience and commitment on court. Equally, the experience I gained as Captain of Army Ladies Tennis and Captain of the Combined Services Women’s Team sustained my passion for the sport.

The Paralympics and beyond

I was lucky enough to go to The Pyeongchang Winter Paralympics in 2018 as part of the British Paralympic Association and Help for Heroes Paralympic Inspiration Programme. This was truly a wondrous experience for me and one I will never forget…but that was just a rehearsal for the 2020 Summer Paralympics in Japan.