Elizabeth O. V. Ferris BEM

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Elizabeth O. V. Ferris BEM
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Born1986 (age 35–36)
Derry, Northern Ireland
NationalityIrish
CitizenshipIreland
OccupationWheelchair sport player

Dr Elizabeth O. V. Ferris BEM (born c. 1986) is a former Scotland Wheelchair Rugby League Internationalf and founder of Dundee Dragons Wheelchair Sports Club SCIO, in Dundee, Scotland.

Ferris was born in Derry, Northern Ireland. She attended Rainey Endowed School, Magherafelt and after leaving in 2003 went on to study Medicine at the University of Dundee. A Spinal Cord Injury during her studies rendered her paralysed from the waist down and she was the first full-time wheelchair user to graduate from the [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/University_of_Dundee_School_of_Medicine School of Medicine

During her rehabilitation Ferris was introduced to the sport of Wheelchair Rugby League. She was selected to represent Scotland at the 2013 Wheelchair Rugby League World Cup and now serves as the President of Scotland Wheelchair Rugby League.

She founded Dundee Dragons Wheelchair Sports Club in 2013 as there were no facilities in Tayside for team based wheelchair sport. The club became a SCIO in 2016. Notable members include Michael Mellon, Multiple Medalist with Team UK at the Invictus Games, Gemma Lumsdaine and Hannah Moncur.

The recipient of the Dundee City Disability Sport Jenny Wood Allen Award in 2014 Ferris received an Honorary Fellowship from the University of Abertay, Dundee in 2017 and was awarded the British Empire Medal in the 2020 Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to Disability Sport in Scotland.

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