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Scottish amputee features in 'Football Saved My Life' series

20 February 2019

Amputee Rebecca Sellar documents her story in the latest Scottish FA’s ‘Football Saved My Life’ video series.

Having been born without a right fibula, Sellar has been a single-leg amputee since the age of one. Sellar started experiencing severe back and hip pans in her 20s and turned to para-sport for relief.

After getting involved with the Finding Your Feet charity and Partick Thistle, 26-year-old Sellar discovered her love for football and now wants to inspire others to try sport as a means of improving physical and mental health.

Sellar has represented Scotland at both tennis and para-football, as well as being a keen climber. Sella played in the Glasgow round of the National Wheelchair Tennis Series in 2017 for the first time, finishing second in the doubles novice category.

She began playing football with Partick Thistle amputee team in May 2018 and explained she was drawn to it because it is performed on crutches and played without the use of prosthesis; something that she realised would pull her out of her comfort zone.

Sella was recognised at the annual Scottish Women in Sports Awards in November 2018, with the SWiS Inspiration in Sports accolade. Currently, Sellar is the only female player on the Scotland amputee football team.

In the video series, which highlights the positive influence of football on an individual, Sellar concluded on the impact that para-sport, and in particular, football, has had on her life:

“If I didn’t have football, I would be a shell of myself, I wouldn’t have the independence I have.”

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