Age: 29 years
Home Town: Greater Manchester
After being spotted at a wheelchair racing event in 2005, Laurie Williams fell in love with both the physical and team characteristics of wheelchair basketball.
The Manchester native started playing competitively in 2008, quickly earning herself a place within the GB Women’s Team for whom she made her debut at the 2009 BT Paralympic World Cup (Manchester, UK). In addition, 2009 also saw Laurie bring home the first of her four European bronze medals to date (2009, 2011, 2013, 2015).
Laurie has had great success within the junior international circuit: in 2014 Laurie played her way to silver at the 2014 Women’s U25 European Championships and, in 2015, co-captained the GB Women’s U25 Team with Amy Conroy to the title of U25 World Champions in Beijing, China.
Following this these triumphs, in 2015 Laurie earned her fourth European bronze with Great Britain – building upon her stunning performances at the 2014 World Championships (Toronto, Canada) which saw the 2.5 player assist the GB Women to a fifth place finish.
Renowned for her speed on the basketball court, Laurie made her Paralympic Games debut in front of a home crowd at the London 2012 Games and then was part of the GB Women’s team which secured a historical fourth place finish at the 2016 Rio Paralympics.
After graduating from Loughborough University with a degree in Social Psychology, Laurie went on to train and study Human Development and Family Studies at the University of Alabama – winning the 2014 National Championship with the Crimson Tide in her graduation year.
2018 was an incredible year for the Greater Manchester player – Laurie and her team brought home the World Championships silver medal from Hamburg following a stunning performance by the GB Women’s Team.
2021 Paralympic Games (2020), Tokyo, Japan – 7th
2019 European Championships, Rotterdam, Netherlands – Silver
2018 World Championships, Hamburg, Germany – Silver
2016 Paralympic Games, Rio, Brazil – 4th
2015 European Championships, Worcester, UK – Bronze
2014 World Championships, Toronto, Canada – 5th
2013 European Championships, Frankfurt, Germany – Bronze
2012 London Paralympic Games – 7th
2011 European Championships, Nazareth, Israel – Bronze
2010 World Wheelchair Basketball Championships, Birmingham, UK – 6th
2009 FSB European Championships, Stoke Mandeville, UK – Bronze