Deaf footballer Laura Wiseman given nod for national Pride of Sport award

Gemma Sanders and Laura Wiseman (right) after winning Bronze with Team GB in the Deaf World Cup in I

Gemma Sanders and Laura Wiseman (right) after winning Bronze with Team GB in the Deaf World Cup in Italy - Credit: Archant

Deaf footballer Laura Wiseman has been nominated for a national award in the same year as she fulfilled her dream of playing for Team GB in the Deaf World Cup.

The 28-year-old, from Blofield, who is a midfielder and striker for Wymondham Ladies, was first called up to the England squad in 2007 and in 2009 won a bronze at the Deaflympics in Taiwan.

She is also a catering assistant at Open Academy in Heartsease, Norwich.

Last summer she was called up to the Deaf World Cup, and became second highest goal scorer in the competition after completing hat tricks against Italy and Turkey.

Now, an anonymous nomination has put Miss Wiseman in the running for the Mirror Pride of Sport Awards, with the winners being revealed on December 7 at a ceremony in London.

As well as raising awareness about sport and encouraging people to be more active on a regular basis, the event will highlight people who have contributed to sport at a local or national level, across all walks of life.

Miss Wiseman said it was 'absolutely fantastic' to be nominated, adding she wanted to thank whoever put her name forward.

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'Deaf football is very important to me and other deaf players, it's something where we can achieve big things and experiences,' she said. 'It helps me to grow my confidence.

'I have worked so hard after all those years. I achieved a lot of things including six England FA caps and six bronze medals for international teams, as well as captain for England deaf ladies team.

'Wymondham Ladies have helped me a lot. We are playing in higher level this season and we are improving as a team. That helps me to keep my fitness going.

'I have no idea who nominated me. I have asked the Pride of Sport awards people and they said it's anonymous. But I would love to say thanks to whoever nominated me.'

Miss Wiseman said she first kicked a football at 18 months old, and her first team was the Colman Cats at Colman Middle School. She started to play for England Deaf and Great Britain Deaf a decade ago.

Her best moment in that time was beating Poland 2-0 to claim third place in the Deaf World Cup.

'When I found out that I had been nominated, I couldn't believe it,' she said. 'I had to keep checking the email all over again that it's actually me who had been nominated. It means so much to me.'

The winners on the night will be decided by a panel of judges at Grosvenor House in Mayfair.

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