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MOULTON Paula
Sport Para dance sport
NPC Great Britain   
GenderWomen
Age51
Place of BirthManchester, ENG
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
L&F2
Further Personal Information
Residence
Manchester, ENG
Languages
English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up Para dance sport in March 2010 in Manchester, England.
Why this sport?
She was invited to a Para dance sport workshop organised by the National Health Service [NHS] in Great Britain. The idea was for wheelchair users to learn social and ballroom dances with a partner, so she went along with her friend Gary Lyness.
Club / Team
Strictly Wheels: Manchester, ENG
Name of coach
Accursio Romeo [national]
Training Regime
She dances five times a week, which includes two sessions with the national team.
General Interest
Hero / Idol
Professional dancer Artem Chigvintsev. (internationaldanceshoes.com, 01 Jan 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"You can do it, no matter your ability or disability." (linkis.com, 17 Feb 2014)
Impairment
In 1993 she went into hospital with pneumonia and contracted the methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus [MRSA] infection. (linkis.com, 17 Feb 2014; disabilityhorizons.com, 06 May 2013)
Other information
DANCE PARTNER
Her able-bodied dance partner is Gary Lyness. (manchestereveningnews.co.uk, 11 Sep 2019)

STRICTLY WHEELS FOUNDATION
She and her dance partner Gary Lyness run a Para dance sport club called 'Strictly Wheels' in Manchester, England, where they give classes to those wanting to get involved in the sport. They teach ballroom, latin and freestyle. "Dancing has kept me going and slowed down the progression of my illness. I just wanted to share that with others and give them the chance to get out and do what I do. It's not just about learning to dance, it is about gaining confidence and building self-esteem." (strictlywheels.co.uk, 08 Oct 2019; manchestereveningnews.co.uk, 11 Sep 2019)

TELEVISION APPEARANCE
In 2012 she and her dance partner Gary Lyness appeared on the reality television show 'Britain's Got Talent' under the name Strictly Wheels. The pair made it to the semifinal stage. (disabilityhorizons.com, 06 May 2013)

JUDGING
She has worked as a judge at national Para dance sport competitions in Great Britain. (leonardcheshire.org, 14 May 2019)

Competition Highlights (historical)
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
19 2017 C2/5D Combi Latin  
21 2017 C2/5D Combi Freestyle 16.987
21 2019 C2/5D Combi Latin  
17 2019 C2/5D Combi Freestyle 18.733