Double Paralympic gold medallist Peter Norfolk OBE will visit Newquay this week to inspire a new generation of wheelchair tennis players in Cornwall.
Former world number one, Norfolk won the quad singles gold medal at the Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games, before winning the last of his five Paralympic medals, with silver, in the quad doubles at London 2012.
The Paralympic tennis legend will visit Newquay’s Heron Tennis Centre on Thursday as part of a nationwide campaign to get more people playing wheelchair tennis.
The event will feature a brief exhibition doubles match before visitors have the chance to hit some balls, pick up some tips from Norfolk and ask him questions as well see his gold medals.
Norfolk, who is also a multiple Grand Slam champion at both the Australian Open and US Open, said: “We want to keep momentum from the London 2012 Paralympic Games going and the Tennis Foundation are working to get as many disabled people across the country playing wheelchair tennis, whether it’s playing for fun or competing.
“The best thing about tennis is how adaptable it is and wheelchair tennis can be played by disabled people of all ages and abilities and they can even play with their non-disabled friends and family.
“It’s easier than you think so I really encourage everyone to come down and have a go and see what’s possible.”
The awareness event is open to the public and will take place between 4pm and 6pm.
Norfolk will be joined by his wife Linda, a former consultant physiotherapist to the British Paralympic Association and Head of Physio for the ParalympicGB team at the Athens Games.
“Peter has many years of experience and there is no better player to showcase wheelchair tennis and show what a great sport it is,” said Tennis Foundation Disability Tennis Manager David Hardman.
“The Tennis Foundation is committed to getting as many disabled people to play tennis and Cornwall is one of 40 Disability Tennis Networks that we are supporting around the country with financial support, resources and advice to help grow the number of opportunities available.
“Heron Tennis Centre are at the forefront of the ever-expanding wheelchair tennis opportunities across Cornwall and I’m sure Peter will prove a big hit on Thursday as we seek to increase those opportunities.”
For more information about Thursday’s visit or about wheelchair tennis opportunities at Heron Tennis Centre, please contact Paul Roberts, Heron tennis development officer, or Elizabeth Organ, Heron centre manager, on 01637 877 555 or email email@example.com