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Louise Hunt makes her Wimbledon debut

Nine years ago, Get Kids Going! presented 12-year-old, Louise Hunt, with her first tennis wheelchair at the members club at the AELTC Wimbledon Championships.

Louise has been supported by the charity ever since; receiving wheelchair and sports grants. After years of practice, tournaments and preparation, Louise has had a superb year resulting in her best ever rankings and gaining the fantastic and unexpected wildcard entry into the wheelchair doubles tournament at this year’s Wimbledon.

Reaching Wimbledon was Louise’s Grand Slam debut and it seemed appropriate that she would be going back to where it all started almost a decade ago. Warming up on the practice courts, Louise was beyond excited whilst surrounded by all the people who helped her get there. Her family, friends and Jane Emmerson, Get Kids Going! Chief Executive, were there to cheer her on. Radio 1 star, Scott Mills, was also were there to make her day even more special when she was introduced to her idol live on air to talk about the upcoming match!

As Louise went to get ready for the big event she gushed, “I am so glad you could come to watch, I would not be anywhere near Wimbledon without Get Kids Going!”

Louise and partner, Katharina Kruger faced Great Britain’s number one, Jordanne Whiley and Yui Kamiji, who were the tournament’s firm favourites. In the first set the pair’s nerves showed and they were soon 6-0 down but they refocused and came back in the second setwith a fighting spirit that could not be rivalled. Louise managed to break Jordanne’s first serve but sadly the dream ending was not to be and Joanne and Yui were just too strong for them, winning the second set 6-3, to go through to the final.

After the event Louise said, "I'm really excited to say I've played at Wimbledon and absolutely loved the whole experience! I am of course disappointed with our results and we certainly didn't play our best game but we fought hard and gave it 100% which is all we can do."

She added, “There is no way I would have been here without the fantastic support Jane and Get Kids Going! have given me right from the start. I owe it all to them.”

On the last day of the Championships Louise and Katharina played Great Britain’s Lucy Shuker and Germany’s Sabine Ellerbrock in a 3rd place play-off match. The pair played well but a few key mistakes meant they lost the match in straight sets.

We are delighted to say that the AELTC have announced there will be both mens’ and womens’ wheelchair singles tournaments from next yearso Louise is hoping to make it back. At the moment though, she has her sights firmly set on qualifying for the Paralympics in Rio in 2016.

Louise is straight back into action in Nottingham at the British Open where she will be playing in the doubles and singles tournaments, “I love playing with Katharina and I'm looking forward to some more matches with her!”

Well done Louise, we are extremely proud of you for getting to Wimbledon and good luck for your next tournament! You are fantastic!

Get Kids Going! is a national charity which gives disabled children and young people - up to the age of 26 yrs - the wonderful opportunity of participating in sport. We provide them with specially built sports' wheelchairs so they can do: athletics, marathons, tennis, skiing, rugby, sailing, boccia, basketball, sledge hockey, table tennis, fencing, shooting, archery, powerlifting and many more sports. Get Kids Going! inspires British disabled youngsters to compete in sporting events, from start to paralympic level, by also giving them sports grants to help with their; training, physiotherapy, travel, competition fees, design and development of sports' equipment etc. With your help many can become world record holders and paralympic champions!.

Our aim is to give support to all our budding paralympians in the build up to the 2016 Rio De Janeiro Paralympic Games and the 2018 South Korea Winter Paralympics and many more such events. Like any aspiring athletes all our youngsters need long term support, often over many years, to achieve their sporting dreams. Sadly, we are aware of cuts in funding for such youngsters from government and other sources, and so many of our youngsters are forced to rely on friends and family for financial help. As you can imagine this causes enormous burdens on many, already cash strapped, families and a constant worry as the cost of participating in their favourite sport is forever increasing.

There are hundreds of talented, disabled, youngsters who have the potential to participate in events throughout the UK and all over the world but receive either none or very little funding and are desperate to achieve their life-long sporting dreams. With your help, together we can turn their dreams into reality and help make them into sporting heroes!.

Not only does Get Kids Going! focus on helping disabled young athletes but it also provides manual wheelchairs for children to use every day; at home, at school, and to enable them to play with their friends. These are our wonderful athletes of the future! We believe that all disabled children and young people should receive the right equipment to get them going!.

We support children with all disabilities and from all backgrounds. We take pride in ensuring that any equipment which is out grown is recycled to other children, so our supporters' valuable donations are never wasted. Many people who support Get Kids Going! feel a marvellous sense of achievement and satisfaction. They see that even the smallest donation makes an amazing difference! Get Kids Going! gives disabled children and young people the chance of a life time, freedom, and many wonderful opportunities that you and I take for granted. Opportunities they may never have without you and the support of Get Kids Going! No other charity in the UK focuses on helping disabled children and young people with sport in the same way.

The cost of a bespoke sports wheelchair is about £4,000. A lightweight manual wheelchair is around £3,000. All are designed individually, and perform just like a Formula 1 Racing Car!.

The cost of a sports grant can be anything from £500 to £15,000 per year for each youngster.

In general there are over 200,000 disabled children and young people in Britain who need the help of Get Kids Going!.

please help us turn their dreams into reality!.

Our work would not be possible if it wasn’t for the hundreds of runners who support Get Kids Going! throughout the year by running the Virgin Money London Marathon, Paris Marathon, Berlin Marathon, New York City Marathon, Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon, Paris Half Marathon, Richmond Festival Half Marathon, Great North Run, taking part in Ride London 100, L'Etape du Tour and the many other events and marathons worldwide. And also the numerous companies, trusts, schools and individuals who kindly give us such valuable donations and support. We’d like to say a ‘big thank you’ to you all.






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