Meet the stars who have overcome the odds to get in the race for gold in London

I gave my mum, Amina, the bronze medal I won in Beijing and said: ‘You keep it, Mum. I’m going to go and get a gold one in London.’

I fell out of an upstairs window when I was 14. I leant back and went straight through.

Two weeks later I woke up and thought: ‘What’s going on? Where am I?’ That’s all I remember.

The accident was toughest for Mum. I didn’t really realise what had happened. You just carry on. But it must have taken Mum three or four years to accept what happened. She used to have nightmares and wake up thinking about it because she was downstairs and remembers seeing me fall. She’s so proud of me now, though.

I have three sisters, five brothers and a lot more half-brothers and sisters. I’m not actually sure how many. We’re a big family.

My sisters — Yasmin, 18, Maryan, 16, and Asha, 13 — come and watch me play. I’m like a father to them, really, because my dad, Kama, passed away a long time ago.

I was born in Somalia but I’ve lived in Liverpool since I was six. I got into wheelchair basketball at school and then spent three years playing as a junior in Sardinia, Italy. It sort of opened my eyes — I really enjoyed this game and I wanted to win more.

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I also played in Australia in 2009, for the Perth Wildcats, and now I play for Wolverhampton Rhinos.

Team GB has been doing really well, coming back from the  European Championships as  champions, but I won’t be satisfied until I’ve got that gold medal  in London.

Source: Dailymail, Laura Williamson.

17th  August 2012