Nicola is my daughter and never ceases to amaze me with her determination to do everything. She was born with dislocated hips and since reaching her teens has been diagnosed with Joint hypermobility syndrome whereby her joints can disclocate (hips, shoulders, ankles) and her muscles have to work twice as hard as normal. She has continued to train with our local swimming club but has had to give up on her racing due to the fact that her condition deteriorated and was unable to do certain strokes. She is part of a youth management committee at church where she helps organise fund raising events with other youngsters. She is taking her GCSEs at the moment, plays the oboe, dances (tap and modern). She has also been involved in S2R and has been lucky enough to meet some swimming celebrities as this is her chosen sport. Although she takes a keen interest in anything sporting along with her dad and sister Georgina who are all very knowledgable in many sports. She loves walking but is restriced on how far she can walk because of the pain it can cause in her hips. At school she puts together the school termly newsletter at home; when in school working with an English teacher on this and is involved in as many activities as she can be, but she never gives into her condition even when in pain and is very keen to support other children and raise money for them because in her eyes they are probably are lot more worse off than she is. She is truly an inspiration.