Kare is only 15 years old, but already has three paralympic medals to her name. She only took up wheelchair racing after watching the 2012 Paralympics, and was one of the youngest athletes to compete in Brazil. She talked to us about her experiences in Rio, and Coventry.
When did you start wheelchair racing and what made you want to take it up?
I watched the London Paralympic Games in 2012 and was inspired to participate in sport. The London Paralympics ignited a desire to emulate what other athletes had accomplished but, until 2012, I wasn’t aware of disability sports.
Who has been your greatest influence in sport?
My greatest influences are Debbie Flood, a GB rower and multiple Olympic, European and World Championship medallist, and Wafula Strike – a GB Paralympian wheelchair racer, who is a pioneer and champion for disability sports in the UK.
You won two bronze medals and a silver in Rio, but what is your next goal?
The IPC World Championship in July 2017. I hope to be selected for the 100m, 400m and 800m and gain podium finishes.
You are currently doing your GCSEs, how do you manage to fit in school and training?
I need to be disciplined. I get good support from my school for which I am very grateful.
What do you love about Coventry and how has the city supported you?
It is a diverse and yet united city. It is home to the best athletics club in the world – the Coventry Godiva Harriers – no bias, of course! I am a Cov-girl and support my city wholeheartedly.
The support from Coventry has been great. The Coventry Business Group (including Friargate) has funded my next racing wheelchair.
What’s the best thing about being a medal-winning Paralympian?
I have had the honour of meeting the Queen and Theresa May. I have also had opportunities to promote disability sports and inspire young people who are always keen to hear my story and wear my medals.
Friargate is proud to be sponsoring Kare, and we look forward to seeing her achieve even greater things in the future.