Hello all what a rollercoaster of a year it’s been for me with my wheelchair tennis journey, I’m truly grateful for all the people who have supported me through it all including my amazing family, friends, coach, empowerment coach and medical team. Between training sessions on and off court there have been so many medical appointments I have lost count.
The beginning of February saw the arrival of my new custom made tennis chair (I still haven’t named it yet!) And what a difference it has made to me in the way I sit I’m actually sitting straighter because the back rest has been made to support my scoliosis (curve of the spine) as well as being a lighter chair which makes it so much easier to move and boy can I surprise people when I move across and around the court.
There have been a few things that I have had to make changes to including where I train due to negative people and feeling like I wasn’t going to actually ever achieve anything I listened to advice and found a club closer to home with a coach who understands exactly what I want to achieve and works on doing everything she can to help me improve but also enjoy each session even if the weather is cold we still manage to find something to smile about
In November I entered my first national tournament in Shrewsbury not knowing at all what to expect I had spent months preparing for a weekend both physically and mentally. It was the first ever tournament i went into feeling prepared and not so nervous as previous local tournaments. I had a lot of support from my empowerment coach who was also competing, my coach who text me every few hours to find out how I was getting on and my amazing parents who took me and stayed with me whilst I competed.
I came away from the tournament amazed by what I had achieved I came 3rd overall in the singles and runner up in doubles after some very close matches
I would just like to say thank you for all of you who believe in me 2020 is the year I’m going to start believing in myself more,
I have lots planned and I can’t wait to show you what I get up to next
Wishing all a Happy and healthy new year