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  • Writer's picturePhil Packer

Paralympian, World Championship medallist & European Champion, Kayla Bell, supports BRIT

We are delighted that Kayla is part of our BRIT Ambassador family and championing the annual BRIT Challenge to support and improve young adult and student mental health and fitness throughout the UK.

Kayla is a Great Britain Wheelchair Basketball World and European Championship medallist. In 2021, she represented Great Britain at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo.

Kayla Bell - Paralympian, World Championship medallist and European Champion (credit - BWB/Will Johnston)

“Having experienced mental health challenges and living with a disability all my life, I am passionate about the importance of supporting and improving young adult mental health and fitness. As a former student, and having studied psychology at the University of Worcester, I appreciate the importance of students receiving timely support and access to vital services when they need it; especially at a time when the COVID-19 pandemic has compounding existing mental health challenges faced by many young adults and students.

BRIT are determined to support and improve the mental health, wellbeing and fitness of all young adults and students in the UK; their annual BRIT Challenge is an exciting opportunity that every UK university, college specialist college and Students’ Union can embrace for the benefit of all their students and staff.

As a disabled athlete, I know the importance of feeling part of a team and being treated as an equal. The BRIT Challenge is inclusive and has been designed so that students and staff of all abilities can take part in many different ways; at home or on campus.

BRIT are delivering inspiration and encouragement to students and young adults by inviting Olympians, Paralympians, sports personalities, adventurers and explorers to unite and join their BRIT Ambassador family. I will encourage as many of my fellow Paralympic and para-elite athletes to join me an support a university or college of their choice in order to promote the BRIT Challenge, destigmatise mental health and champion equality, diversity and inclusion.

I look forward to supporting students and staff at the University of Worcester as they take on the BRIT Challenge.”

Kayla Bell

GB Women’s Wheelchair Basketball Paralympian and World & European Championship medallist

Kayla is a 1.5 point Great Britain Wheelchair Basketball player and began playing at the age of nine after she was introduced to the game by a teaching assistant. She initially played for the Thames Valley Kings and represented the team in the U15 and U19 competitions in the Lord Taverners Junior League. Kayla went on to represent the South East region in the National Junior Championships, England South in the National School games championships and played for the Sheffield Steelers before moving to Coventry Wheelchair Basketball Academy (CWBA). In 2016, Kayla was part of the Great Britain U25 Women’s team that won the first ever U25 European title. In 2018 she helped them retain the title. She also competed at the 2019 World U25 Championships in Thailand where the team won bronze.

Kayla Bell - BRIT Ambassador (credit - BWB/Will Johnston)

Between 2014 and 2017, Kayla completed her Bachelor’s degree in Business Psychology at the University of Worcester. She received support from Britain’s Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS). In 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020, Kayla then played for the Great Britain Women’s Senior team at the Osaka Cup in Japan. Kayla’s first major tournament was the 2018 Wheelchair Basketball World Championships in Hamburg, Germany. The Great Britain team won silver and it was the best ever performance of the Women’s team.

In 2019, Kayla was selected to represent the team in Rotterdam, Netherlands for the European Championship where they claimed silver, again the best performance at a Europeans.

In 2021, Kayla represented Great Britain at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. To learn more about Wheelchair Basketball. Please visit the British Wheelchair Basketball website.

You can follow Kayla on Twitter and Instagram.


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