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Good luck to our colleague Jodie in the Wheelchair Rugby World Cup

Good luck to our “superstar” colleague Jodie Boyd-Ward who’ll be playing for the England Wheelchair Rugby League team at the World Cup.

Jodie and former Great Britain rugby league international Paul Sculthorpe

Jodie, who has severe arthritis, works at our Middleton store in Leeds and also plays for Leeds Rhinos. She was presented with her England shirt by former Great Britain rugby league international Paul Sculthorpe (pictured above).

England play their first match in the tournament against France on Thursday 20th July at 7pm. Their other group games see them face Wales on Saturday 22nd July and Australia on Monday 24th July.

Jodie in action for England - photo courtesy of Mick Gill

Jodie, who’s 24, said: "As the World Cup has got closer and closer it’s got more and more exciting and a little bit surreal.

“I think we’ve got a really good chance, but the first game will test us. France are the favourites as they won the last World Cup and they’re at home.

“Everyone at Asda has been brilliant. My colleagues have been really supportive and have wished me all the best.”

Jodie, pictured below at work with Asda Middleton general store manager Paul Garnett, began to develop mobility problems when she was 11 and has been diagnosed with severe arthritis in her spine and nerve damage on the left hand side of her body, so she uses a wheelchair to play rugby.

Jodie with Paul

Jodie joined the store in 2014 and works part-time on Click & Collect. She is in the final year of a law degree at Manchester Metropolitan University.

Her section leader Claire Whittingham said: "Jodie’s a superstar – we’re really proud of her.

“All the colleagues know about her going to the World Cup and lots of customers have been asking about it too! Jodie’s amazing, so passionate about everything she does. Everyone here is wishing her and the team well for the tournament.”

Follow Jodie’s progress: Jodie’s written a blog about her preparations for the World Cup. Look out for updates from her during the tournament here.

Posted in News & Blogs on 19 July 2017