Wheelchair Tennis – #ScotsOnParaGB
In the lead-up to the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, Scottish Disability Sport is delighted to provide an overview of the sports that Scots are competing in as part of ParalympicsGB. In the second of the series of sports, we highlight wheelchair tennis and Gordon Reid.
Tennis is a completely inclusive sport with everyone being able to participate in tennis in its full format or when adapted and the most well-known versions are deaf, learning disability, wheelchair and visually impaired tennis. But social play isn’t restricted to a particular type of tennis, disabled people can play against their non-disabled friends or family and take part in inclusive sessions and/or impairment specific sessions. Tennis doesn’t just offer people the chance to develop their fitness and coordination, but also to build social skills, confidence, self-esteem and independence. Wheelchair tennis is the only discipline that is played at the Paralympic Games. Gordon Reid is currently GB’s leading player.
- Gordon Reid
The first male Wimbledon Singles Title Holder after claiming the win in the inaugural event in 2016, he followed this up with a win in the doubles partnering his Team GB team mate Alfie Hewett to victory. Gordon is currently ranked 3 in the world in singles and ranked 2 in doubles. In 2015/16 he added the Australian Open singles and the French Open and US Open doubles titles to his already illustrious medal tally. This is Gordon’s third Paralympics following his experiences in London 2012 and Beijing 2008.
- Karen Ross
Karen is the Head of Coaching and Talent at the Tennis Foundation and has been involved with Gordon’s development since he was first involved in the sport. Karen has worked tirelessly for the development of Wheelchair Tennis and will add a wealth of experience to Team GB in Rio.
For athlete and coach profiles please follow the link below:
For a schedule of tennis events please follow the link below:
9 – 16 September Rio 2016 Wheelchair Tennis Information
Scottish Disability Sport has produced a factsheet on tennis for people with a disability which can be downloaded here.
And a video showing tennis for participants with a disability can be viewed here:
Please return tomorrow for all the information relating to the Wheelchair Rugby and Scotland’s athlete involvement.
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