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A Matter of Choice by Julie Simpson, Dena Michelli

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Lily’s story

Lily, aged 15, related our first story. She lives with her parents, older sister and younger brother in a town on the periphery of London. As a middle child, she has found distinction through a passion for outdoor sports, especially (and perhaps unusually for a girl) playing rugby, a game she plays to county level.

Okay, when you first told me about this, I was stumped. I thought, ‘I’m 15, what big choices have I ever had to make?’ But after thinking about it, I realised that all the little choices I’ve had to make have made all the difference, whether to me personally, or to things around me.

The first important choice I remember having to make was whether to go to the rugby training I had been invited to earlier in the week. I ...

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