Sporting hero in surprise visit to Sheffield WI

Sue Gilroy MBE shows off her sporting medals watched by Seven Hills WI President Lindsay Garfitt, Secretary Kim Whelan and Treasurer Victoria Porteous
Sue Gilroy MBE shows off her sporting medals watched by Seven Hills WI President Lindsay Garfitt, Secretary Kim Whelan and Treasurer Victoria Porteous
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A PARALYMPIAN paid a visit to Sheffield’s largest Women’s Institute group to speak about her London 2012 experience.

Table tennis player Sue Gilroy MBE, from Barnsley, dropped in on Seven Hills WI to deliver a talk about her career.

The 40-year-old has competed in four Paralympic games, winning gold in the 2002 Commonwealth Games and silver at the European Championships – when she was seven-and-a-half months pregnant.

On top of being a sporting hero, the mum-of-two, who has Ehlers Danlos, a chronic muscle and ligament degenerative condition, is a primary school teacher.

Kim Whelan, secretary of Seven Hills WI, said members had been thrilled to meet Sue, who had been ‘truly inspirational’.

She said: “Everyone really got into the spirit of the Olympic and Paralympic Games this year so meeting an actual Paralympian was a real treat for our members.

“Hearing about all Sue has achieved, despite her health problems, was truly inspirational.”

Sue, who trains with the Sheffield Wheelchair Club at EIS Sheffield, was introduced to table tennis by her parents when she was just seven years old.

Her mum and dad used to play competitively in the local league and Sue also fell in love with the sport