Lily Rice, from South Wales UK, entered the scene of WCMX (Wheelchair Moto Cross) in 2017 and is leading the way internationally.
Lily has a rare genetic condition called HSP (Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia) and started using a basic wheelchair in 2015. She discovered WCMX online and began trying out simple tricks. Lily truly took up the sport in 2017, having acquired her first WCMX chair.
She has already achieved huge success in her career. Her triumphs being;
In August 2019 Lily became the Women’s World Champion. Other achievements include Gold in the European Open 2018. Silver in the World championships 2018 and Silver in the German open 2019 and silver in the North American open 2019.
The first female in Europe to achieve a wheelchair back-flip after seven months of riding.
She was awarded a Silver medal in the World Championships in California in May 2017 and then took Gold in the European Open in Hamburg in August 2017.
She has won numerous awards for her sporting achievements and inspirational attitude and was named the Young Sportswoman of the year 2019 at the Welsh Sports Awards. She was also the BBC Radio 1 Teen Hero Award winner in 2018 for her motivational outlook and determination to progress the sport for others.
Lily has worked to develop the first WCMX chair in the UK with ROMA Sport. She tirelessly travels to meet and introduce others to the sport visiting skateparks, schools and giving motivational talks.
On top of this, Lily is in full-time education, studying for her GCSE’s and enjoys alternative music, TV and hanging out with friends.
Her motto is “you can do anything you want to, you just have to put your mind to it or do it differently”.