Claire Lomas has spoken about her ‘fantastic surprise’ after her book was nominated for a national award alongside others written by some of the world’s biggest sports stars.
‘Finding My Feet’, which tells the story of how the Eye Kettleby woman recovered from being paralysed in a horse riding accident to raise thousands of pounds for charity, has been shortlisted for the prestigious British Sports Book Awards.
Claire’s book is up for the ‘New Writer of the Year’ category, alongside six other books, including an authorised biography of former England footballer Sol Campbell.
Other authors nominated for other categories include golfer Ian Poulter, cyclist Chris Froome and ex-football star Roy Keane.
Claire said: “It was a fantastic surprise to make the shortlist with some great books up for the award.
“I’m pleased I decided to write it myself and not get a ghost writer as I feel it really is my book and exactly how I felt during the good times and bad.”
Claire has raised almost £500,000 for the Nicholls Spinal Injury Foundation, which seeks a cure for paralysis, through a series of fundraisers, including walking the London Marathon in a robotic suit and handcycling 400 miles around the UK.
She writes about those remarkable challenges and her personal battle to deal with her disability in the book and hopes her award nomination will raise the charity’s profile.
Claire will attend the awards night, which is at Lord’s Cricket Ground on June 3, with Sky Sports broadcasting the ceremony and cricket commentator Jonathan Agnew hosting the event.
She added: “I don’t think for a second I can win as the other books make tough competition but I am honoured and proud to go to the awards
“If I did win I think I would probably fall out my chair.”