After getting over an operation, Vanessa hit 2021 with her biggest shot distances ever. "Sexy throws. I think it was having a rest in lockdown," she says of her 8:09m throw at the Coventry Spring Meet, after a previous personal best of 7.66 m.
Then, in Poland, she threw 8.73 metres in to clinch the silver medal at the European Championships. Let's hope her next personal best is in Tokyo.
Vanessa, who was on the UEL New Beginnings programme in 2016, credits the University with playing a vital part in her development. She says, "UEL underpins what I get to achieve as an athlete and as a person. Especially at the start, the university offered me support I didn't have. Their support rivals any world-class programme."
The Tokyo Paralympic Games 2020 run from 24 August to 5 September. The women's shot put F34 final is on 31 August (morning session).