“My mum was very young when she was pregnant with me and due to my health complications, she was advised after my birth to give me up for adoption because I had complex health needs. Her response was no and that she would deal with whatever lies ahead.
“If she could have been told that she was having a child that was going to the Paralympics one day that would really prove a point to many in the world.”
That support proved transformative once again when Dawson –Farrell was a 16-year-old who was struggling to make friends. Admitting she would never have signed up for the residential training camp at Inverclyde that properly introduced her to sport if mum Kirstie had not pushed her into attending, she consequently now sees giving her best as an opportunity for some payback.
“My sporting career is also really thanks to my mum. She was the catalyst in a chain of events that saw me competing as an athlete at a Commonwealth Games in a summer sport and also now as a wheelchair curler in a Winter sport,” said Dawson-Farrell, who competed at her first World Championships for Scotland last year, just before lockdown.
“To prove that I was capable of competing at a Paralympic Games would be amazing for her… to know she had raised a Paralympian. I was such a quiet child and didn’t have any friends for me then to be performing on a world stage albeit I was terrified on the inside though I was not showing it on the outside. The adventure of travelling to another country and competing there is something I had not imagined possible when I was younger.”