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ROBINSON Zoe
Sport Boccia, Para athletics
NPC Great Britain   
GenderWomen
Age29
Place of BirthBury, ENG
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Cerebral Palsy
Further Personal Information
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She first tried the sport in 2005.
Why this sport?
She first tried boccia at a multi-sports club she went to on Saturday mornings.
Name of coach
Barry Bowden [national]; Matt Kendrick [national]
Senior International Debut
Year
2007
Competing for
Great Britain
General Interest
Nicknames
Golden Girl (zoerobinson.moonfruit.com, 01 May 2009)
Hero / Idol
British boccia player Nigel Murray, English boxers Ricky Hatton and Don Broadhurst. (london2012.com, 20 Jan 2012; gb-boccia.org, 2011)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
She wears the same shoes throughout a competition. (paralympics.channel4.com, 01 May 2012)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Champions are not made in the gym, they are made from something they have deep inside them." (paralympics.channel4.com, 01 May 2012)
Awards and honours
In 2009 she was given the honour of Freedom of the Borough in Bury, England. (manchestereveningnews.co.uk, 12 May 2009)
Other sports
She has competed in para-athletics at club level in England. (coventry-godiva-harriers.org.uk, 22 Aug 2015)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (burytimes.co.uk, 15 Apr 2016)
Impairment
She has cerebral palsy. (burytimes.co.uk, 02 Oct 2008)
Other information
NATIONAL FIRST
In 2008 she was a member of the first team representing Great Britain to win a boccia team gold medal at the Paralympic Games when she, Dan Bentley, Nigel Murray and David Smith were victorious at the Games in Beijing. (news.bbc.co.uk, 12 Sep 2008)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games - Boccia
Rank Year Event Result
9 2008 Individual - BC2  
1 2008 Team - BC1-2  
3 2012 Team - BC1-2  
17 2012 Individual - BC2  
World Championships - Boccia
Rank Year Event Result
49 2010 Individual - BC2