Deganwy wheelchair tennis star wins three medals for Wales
A junior wheelchair tennis player from Deganwy represented Wales in the 2022 School Games National Final, coming away with three medals.
A legacy of the London 2012 Paralympic and Olympic Games and organized by the Youth Sport Trust, the National School Games Final welcomed 1,000 young athletes from across the UK to the weekend-long event which took place held at Loughborough.
The Welsh wheelchair tennis team won one gold, three silver and one bronze.
Among those who brought home the silverware was 18-year-old Alex Wilson from Deganwy, who won two silvers and a bronze as Wales’ young players showed their potential.
Alex earned a bronze in boys’ singles, before teaming up with Lilly Folland of Cardiff for a silver in mixed doubles and winning silver in boys’ doubles, with Cameron Hudd of Tredegar.
Alex will return to Loughborough at the end of September to begin his undergraduate studies – but for now he returns home to Deganwy with pride.
Will Croft, Team Manager, said: “They were the biggest Welsh wheelchair team to go to the Games, which is an incredible achievement for the team – and for tennis in Wales.
“Winning so many medals is just amazing. It’s just a reward for all the hard work they put in, in training, and I’m extremely proud of every player on the team. They were brilliant representatives of Welsh tennis on and off the court.
“There is no doubt that wheelchair tennis in Wales looks very strong now and in the future.”
The team’s performance at the Games has been supported by Tennis Wales, following the launch of Tennis Wales’ national wheelchair training program in 2020.
In addition to financial support for training and equipment, including sports wheelchairs, the program also provides support for coaches during competitions, such as School Games.
Simon Johnson, CEO of Tennis Wales, said: “We are delighted to hear that the competitors enjoyed their time at the School Games and gained invaluable competitive experience.
“The wheelchair tennis program in Wales is growing year on year, and we have recently launched a junior performance program – we are encouraging all young players interested in the sport to try tennis, with our support to every step of the way.”
To find out more about wheelchair tennis initiatives in Wales, visit www.lta.org.uk/about-us/in-your-area/tennis-wales/disability-tennis/.