Wellingborough woman wants your votes to be Sky Sports sportswoman of the month

Claire Stancliffe of Wellingborough
Claire Stancliffe of Wellingborough

A deaf footballer from Wellingborough is competing against the likes of Serena Williams and Heather Watson to be Sky Sports sportswoman of the month.

Claire Stancliffe recently returned from the Deaf World Cup with a bronze medal.

The Wellingborough footballer, who is also a coach for Northamptonshire Sport, is now in the running for another accolade after being one of six nominated for the title of Sky Sports sportswoman of the month for July.

Claire is deaf and uses a Cochlear implant to support her hearing.

She has played football for more than 10 years in mainstream teams within Northamptonshire as well as for the GB Deaf women’s football team.

The GB deaf team’s players are self-funded so they have to embark on major fundraising to support them through tournaments such as world cups and the deaflympics.

At the end of 2015, the team found out they had qualified for the Deaf World Cup in 2016.

Claire, as captain of the side, embarked on a large scale campaign on social media to raise funds to get the team to the World Cup.

Her aim was to raise £10,000, but she helped the team raise an incredible £25,000, working tirelessly to secure sponsorship, kit, funding and organising training within this.

She managed to get a £5,000 donation from Stoke City and England International Jack Butland and was even recognised on BBC Breakfast TV for her fundraising efforts.

Last month, Claire captained the team to a bronze medal at the Deaf World Cup, a huge achievement given that many of the players are self-funded and playing in the lower football leagues.

This latest announcement has added even more excitement to what has already been a great year for Claire.

She said: “This is absolutely crazy and a huge milestone for deaf athletes.

“I am up against the likes of Heather Watson and Serena Williams.

“I probably don’t stand much chance of winning but please could you all go on the link below and vote for me.

“Thank you.”

Claire is a midfield player and the World Cup bronze was the fourth major medal of her career.

Anyone who wants to vote to Claire can click here

If you are deaf and interested in sporting opportunities to take part in with other deaf participants, contact disability lead sports development officer Graeme Wilson on Graeme.Wilson@firstforwellbeing.co.uk.