Game on: Paul scores big with cricket!
Hi I’m Paul, I was diagnosed with severe Haemophilia A at birth.
At the age of five and a half months I had an intracranial bleed, which left me temporarily paralysed down one side, but with time and great support from my care team and family, I overcame this. Since then I have been even more determined to overcome all the challenges I face and, where possible, without compromise.
When I was younger I used to watch my older brother play cricket and was keen to give it a go. I started playing when I was seven years old and I’ve been hooked ever since! When I was 14 I managed to play minor county cricket and continued until I was 17 and in 2018, I received my level 2 cricket coaching qualification, which was fantastic! Last year, I was even lucky enough to be a flag bearer for several of the games at the Cricket World cup and proudly got to hold the English flag.
My passion for cricket and success has earned me several awards for my achievements, which I am hugely proud of.
Having a positive life and living an active lifestyle is very important for anyone’s physical and mental health and for me playing cricket has been extremely be beneficial. It has not only strengthened my muscles and joints, which I feel has helped reduce the amount of muscle and joint bleeds I have had, but, as someone diagnosed with ADHD (Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder), it also helped me control my anger growing up, giving me something different to focus on, as well as providing the social aspects of a team sport.
To me having a positive attitude and living a liberated life is important. I don’t want to be defined by my condition. I want people to see me as Paul, who happens to have Haemophilia, and that I am able to live a normal life and achieve what I want.
Click here to read more about how it is to live with haemophilia at different stages in life.
Date of preparation: February 2021