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Cath McNicol: After gaining a degree in Mathematics and audio technology and then a PGCE, I worked as a secondary school Mathematics teacher for 8 years and more recently I have worked for a National disabled childrens charity coordinating and delivering wheelchair skills training. 

I have had Spinal Muscular Atrophy, a genetic neuromuscular condition, from birth which means I have weak muscles and have never walked. I use a powerchair for mobility and need physical help with most tasks, despite this I lead and active life with my partner and two children.

In my free time I play Powerchair Football and for the last 3 seasons my team has finished top of the national premiership, with the help of my team mates I have been the top goal scorer for the last 2 seasons, scoring 48 goals this season. I also co founded our local powerchair football club in Middlesbrough and have an active role in the running of the club, coaching 4 different sessions per week for children & adults with a physical disability.

It’s an honour to be asked to be patron of ‘A Smile for a Child’, a great little charity raising much needed funds to enable disabled children to have an active childhood just like any other child, by helping with some of the additional financial costs associated with adapted sport and recreation.