Category - Wheelchair Racing
When did she get started?
Shelly took up athletics by the age of 15. She was introduced to the sport initially at school and chose Wheelchair Racing because it was the sport that she enjoyed the most and thought she could be good at it one day.
Her first coach was Jason Gill who is based in Cheshire. He was a big influence on Shelly's career and helping her get started, she also joined a training group in Kirkby, Merseyside once a week where she trained with other wheelchair racers.
Shelly is now coached by Andrew Dawes, who is based in Australia. Her first proper road race was the London Mini Marathon, the last 3 miles of the London Marathon course for youngsters aged 8-18.
Support from UKA?
Shelly received financial support on the Potential Programme from 2003 and started receiving support through the UKA World Class Programme at the end of 2006. Shelly described competing at her first Paralympics in Beijing as 'amazing and exciting, especially racing in front of 90,000 people. She said: "It was the most exciting three weeks of my life, I loved it."
Shelly took a Silver and Bronze in the 1500m and 5000m in Beijing.
Read more about Shelly: http://uka.org.uk/media/news/march-2011/23-03-11-shelly-woods/