WHEELCHAIR TENNIS


Louise is on her way up again! 

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In September this year, Get Kid’s Going!’s Louise Hunt moved back into the
top 15 wheelchair tennis players in the world singles rankings, after her recent
successes at the Ath Open and World Team Cup in Sardinia.

Louise was awarded the first ever Get Kids Going! sports wheelchair in 1998
by Sir Cliff Richard at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, at the age of 7.
Since then, she has been involved in elite competition for more than 12 years
and now trains at Wootton Bassett Tennis Club near Swindon. 

Recently Louise won her fifth women’s doubles title of 2014 at the Ath Open
in Belgium, which is a tour of tournaments giving athletes points for their World
Ranking. 

The 26-year-old tennis player then went on to win a number of silver and
bronze medals as part of Great Britain’s team at the World Team Cup in 2016.

These major achievements have helped Louise move from No.18 in the World
Women’s singles rankings to No. 13!

In addition to her sporting achievements, Louise has recently announced that
she has been made an ambassador for The Dan Maskell Tennis Trust, and is,
of course, already an Ambassador for Get Kids Going!

Get Kids Going! is very proud to continue to fund Louise through her tennis
career, and look forward to her sealing many more wins on court in the
forthcoming season! 

We look forward to seeing you at Wimbledon soon Louise!

 


 

Get Kids Going!’s Dermot Bailey aims for Tokyo Paralympics in 2020 

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Northamptonshire’s Dermot Bailey is one of Get Kids Going!’s rising
Wheelchair Tennis stars.


Get Kids Going! has funded Dermot’s tennis chairs since he took up
wheelchair tennis in 2002, after being diagnosed with Perthes
Disease at the young age of 8.

Dermot was part of the 2016 Paralympic Inspiration Programme in Rio,
which prepares developing athletes for future Paralympic Games. The
23-year-old player is now aiming to get a spot in the 2020 Paralympics
in Tokyo.

He has been working hard at his Tennis Centre in Northamptonshire,
and his Instagram is living proof of that:

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 The Get Kids Going! athlete has won a range of tournaments, including

his first senior men’s singles main draw title at the ITF Future Series
Sheffield Wheelchair Tennis tournament in April 2015.

Get Kids Going! wish Dermot all the luck in the world for his upcoming
competitions, and hope to see him in qualifying for the 2020 Paralympics
in Tokyo!





Gordon wins Gold!


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Gordon Reid, the Wheelchair Tennis athlete, who won the gold medal at
the Paralympics in Rio 2016. Was first funded by Get Kids Going! In Rio
Gordon was up against his GB team-mate Alfie Hewett in the final,
winning 6-2 6-1 in an astounding 54 minutes!

Get Kids Going! supplied Gordon with a tennis wheelchair before the
Beijing Paralympics back in 2008, when he was just 16 years of age.
Hence, we are thrilled to see the 26-year-old tennis player go from good
to great in such a short time!  

Gordon and Alfie also won the silver medal for the men’s doubles competition in Rio 2012, losing out to the French pair S
tephane Houdet and Nicolas Peifer. But recently recovered their title at the US Open 2017, where they won against the same French duo.

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Gordon said “
Me and Alfie know each other inside out. We train together, we play doubles together. It just felt like anything I tried tonight came off”.

The GB pair showed a real fight in both the singles and doubles at Rio, with Gordon pushing Alfie around the court in the singles, hitting the ball harder in each move.

Gordon said
“It’s hard because we’ve come through a lot together in the last two years; we’ve had a lot of highs together. It’s difficult to put all that to one side, especially after playing the final together. We work with the same coaches, having to fit our warm-ups around each other. Nobody had a clue what to do but you’re playing to win.”

Get Kids Going! congratulates Gordon Reid and Alfie Hewett on their fantastic performances at Rio 2016 and the US Open 2017! Help us make more history again by sending a donation to our Virgin Money page below so we can provide more sports wheelchairs for these wonderful youngsters. The average cost of a tennis wheelchair is £3,000.

https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/donation-web/charity?charityId=1001129&stop_mobi=yes


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Get Kids Going!’s wheelchair tennis player, Jordanne Whiley, wins Bronze in Women’s doubles at Rio 2016

From first picking up a racket at the tender age of 3 years old, Get Kids Going!’s Jordanne Whiley has come a long way since then!

Get Kids Going! first donated a tennis chair to Jordanne in 2008, where she went on to qualify for the Beijing Paralympics on her 16th birthday.

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Since then, she has played at Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, where she played alongside Lucy Shuker in the semi-final against the Netherlands duo Jiske Griffioen and Aniek Van Koot. Unfortunately, the pair were beaten 6-3 6-3 in a staggering 1 hour 58 minute match.

Jordanne, who had earlier lost in the women’s singles quarter-finals, admitted a wrist injury was causing her problems during the game, saying:
 
“The medical team have been absolutely incredible and got me back on track to win this, so it’s kind of a little bit more special knowing that I came from nowhere, not being able to hold a racket, to now winning a bronze.”

Winning two bronze medals has certain significance for Jordanne and her parents too, as her Dad Keith was a bronze medallist in the 1984 New York Games. Little did she know when she posted one picture of herself, and one of her dad Keith 32 years apart of them boarding the plane, they would both bring home a Bronze medal!

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Get Kids Going!’s athlete, Jordanne, calls her dad her biggest career inspiration, but trumping his achievement remains her goal.

Jordanne also said “It's great my Dad and I both have bronze medals but I want something shinier”.

Get Kids Going! helped to kick off Jordanne’s tennis career many years ago so that she can continue her passion for wheelchair tennis. Jordanne has been an inspiration to all.

Get Kids Going! sends all congratulations to Jordanne for her amazing success, and we hope to see her in the Tokyo Paralympics in 2020.


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Andy excels in Rio, achieving silver in singles final 

Andrew Lapthorne won the silver medal in the men’s singles wheelchair tennis tournament against American world No.2 David Wagner at Rio Paralympics 2016.

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Get Kids Going! has been supported Andy since 2006, when he was given a Get Kids Going! Tennis wheelchair. Andy has put his heart and soul into wheelchair tennis and has achieved a podium spot in three Paralympic games.

Andy previously won silver in the quad doubles at the London Paralympics 2012, alongside Peter Norfolk. Following London 2012, Andy was determined to beat his previous score and bring home the gold. Sadly, he just missed out on the gold medal for the second time in the quad singles at Rio 2016.

In an emotional one hour 40 minute match, Andy finally lost 6-2, 2-6, 6-3. Andy sees his silver medal win as a gold lost. “The goal was to get two gold medals” he said. “For anyone in our sport, if that’s not your end goal then maybe you shouldn’t be on the court”.

Get Kids Going! athletes Andy and Gordon Reid are now training hard for the men’s quad doubles in Wimbledon. Andy says “This is a huge moment for our division and pivotal to developing the Quad game globally – what better way to grow it than to play at what is the greatest tennis tournament in the world?".

“There is no way I could have achieved all my wins and play this wonderful game without the magnificent support of Get Kids Going!” he added.

We send all congratulations to the triple Paralympic medallist for his wonderful achievements, and hopes Andy can achieve his dream of achieving Gold at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics! Come on Andy!


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Get Kids Going!'s Dermot Bailey aims for Rio 2016 

 

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21-year-old Dermot Bailey is one of Get Kids Going!’s Wheelchair Tennis athletes.

 

When Dermot was a child he was diagnosed with Perthes Disease, which affects his mobility and after starting to use a wheelchair he took up wheelchair tennis aged 8.

 

The Get Kids Going! athlete is one of Britain’s brightest young players but he has had a slow start to the year, slowly getting back into it.

 

Demott said, “I have played in two competitions so far this year the North West Challenge in Preston and the Bolton Indoors.

 

“At Preston it wasn’t that great. It was my first competition of the season and I hadn’t had a very good preparation. I got through to the Consolation Final but lost 6-0 6-2 to Daniel Caverzaschi.

 

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“I played a lot better in Bolton, I was getting into my rhythm and felt a lot more prepared. I got into the Consolation Final and even though I lost to Roland Nemeth I put up a much better fight taking it to a tie break in the third set.”

 

Dermot has been a Get Kids Going! athlete since 2002 when he was just eight years old. He told us, “Get Kids Going! have been a massive help. The sports grant I they have given me means I can do more training and more tournaments which can only improve my ranking. There was no way would I even stand a chance of getting to Rio without Get Kids Going!”

 

The 21-year-old’s training has stepped up now with him and his coach looking ahead to getting a spot at the 2016 Paralympics in Brazil, “In April I am playing in the Sheffield Wheelchair Tennis Tournament and I am really looking forward to it. I have been playing well in training so I am hoping to improve on my tournaments so far.”

 

He added, “Then in May I am going to the Open de Vendee in France. The competition here is really strong so I am looking forward to testing myself against the athletes. I am currently ranking a bit lower than I had hoped so some good performances are needed.”

 

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Dermot dreams of going to Rio 2016 and, alongside Get Kids Going!, he is doing everything he can to get there.

 

He said, “I can get into the top 20 if I play well and I need to up my game because I am really hoping to go to the Rio Paralympics. Four from Team GB will get picked to go so I need to show them what I am made of.”

 

We wish Dermot all the luck in the world for his upcoming competitions.

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Get Kids Going!'s Louise Hunt claims runner-up prizes at the Bolton Indoors (25/02/15)

 

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Last week, Get Kids Going!’s Louise Hunt made it through to her third and fourth finals this year.

 

Competing at the Bolton Indoor Wheelchair Championships, Louise made it through to the singles and doubles finals (with partner Katharina Kruger).

 

In the singles, she only dropped three sets in the run up to the final where she met fellow Brit, Jordanne Whiley.

 

The British Number 1 was too tough for our Louise as Jordanne won in straight sets, 6-2 6-1.

 

One of Louise’s highlights of 2014 occurred at the Doubles Masters in California where she reached her first final with partner Katharina Kruger. The pair joined up again for the Bolton Indoors Doubles competition where they sailed through to the final.

 

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After losing out to Diede De Groot at the North West Challenge earlier in February, Louise was keen to get past her this time.

 

Louise and Katharina sailed passed Diede and partner Luz Esperanza Merry, beating them 6-3, 6-1.

 

Louise and Katharina came up against two Brits in the final- Lucy Shuker and Jordanne Whiley.

 

The pair fought hard but sadly lost in straight sets, 6-2, 6-2.

 

Louise was happy with her start to the season, saying on twitter; “Home after a long two weeks. 4 finals!”

 

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Louise gets to the finals of North West Challenge (16/02/15)

 

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Louise Hunt has made a flying start to her 2015 Wheelchair Tennis campaign.

 

The Get Kids Going! athlete competed in the North West Challenge held in Preston last week.

 

Louise competed in both the women’s singles and the women’s doubles with her partner Luz Esperanza Merry.

 

In the singles, the world 17 seed reached the finals without dropping a single set.

 

She played Dutch player Diede De Groot in the final with the first set being extremely close and going to a tie-breaker.

 

After a well fought match she sadly lost in straight sets 7-6, 6-3 but was happy with the runners-up place for her first competition this year.

 

In the doubles, Louise and Luz again made it through to the final without dropping a set.

 

For the second time in the competition, Louise faced Diede who was partnered by Emilie Chene of France.

 

The GB team fought well but sadly it was not meant to be the final score was 6-4, 7-6.

 

Louise hasn’t long before her next competition. She starts again on Tuesday at the Bolton Indoor Wheelchair Tennis Tournament.

 

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Louise Hunt- What 2015 Brings (03/02/2015)

 

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2015 brings a busy year for athletes as their training increases in a bid to compete at the 2016 Rio Paralympics.

 

Louise Hunt, a wheelchair tennis player, is stepping up her training after finishing 2014 on a high.

 

One of Louise’s highlights of 2014 occurred at the Doubles Masters in California where she reached her first final with partner Katharina Kruger. They started the Masters as fourth seeds and their semi-final match against Dutch third seeds Marolein Buis and Michaela Spaanstra was regarded as the best match of the tournament.

 

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The pair lost out in the final to the defending champions Jordanne Whiley and Yui Kamiji who won all four Grand Slam titles in 2014 but it earnt Louise her highest ranking in the competition.

 

“I am incredibly proud to say I reached the final for the first time with my lovely doubles partner Katharina Kruger, we had an incredible year as a partnership and I am really excited for 2015,” she said.

 

December saw her good form continue as she competed in the singles and doubles at the 2014 National Wheelchair Tennis Championships in Gloucester.

 

Louise entered the tournament as a former multiple women’s doubles National champion and former singles runner but she managed to go one better winning both events.

 

In the doubles she competed with a close friend, Laura Coteman beating Debbie Brazier and Val Fisher 6-0, 6-1 earning her a sixth National Doubles crown. She then went on to meet Fisher again in the singles final where she won her first National Singles title without dropping a set.

 

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She said, “I had been waiting for, for a long time [to win the singles competition]. I’ve always wanted my name on that trophy, so was so pleased to tick that one off the bucket list.”

 

The run of success meant that she finished the year with her highest world rankings to date- 11th in doubles and 17th in singles.

 

“Finishing 2014 at my highest world rankings as well remaining ranked 3 in Great Britain was a great way to end the year.

 

This year I hope to continue to improve my rankings in both singles and doubles and aim to beat a player in the top 10 for the first time,” she added.

 

She starts her 2015 season in this month at the ITF 3 Series North West Challenge in Preston where she hopes to continue improving, “I am really excited for the year ahead. My first tournaments are in Preston and Bolton so training has been focused on those for the past few weeks. Qualifying for Rio starts in May so I’m just training hard to ensure I’m 100% ready for then.”