A donation from Adderstone Foundation has enabled a talented visually impaired tennis team to reach their dreams of competing in a national championship for the blind and visually impaired for the very first time.
The contribution of £1672 helped the North East Visually Impaired tennis team to compete in the Metro Blind Sport National Tennis Tournament at the National Tennis Centre in London in October 2013.
Visually impaired tennis features sound balls, extra bounces and smaller courts and, as a result of awareness raised for Disability Sport during the 2012 Paralympics, it has seen its following grow over recent years.
Rosie Pybus, who has been playing VI tennis fsince 2010 said: “As a visually impaired person, tennis has become such a huge part of my life. Although I've only been playing for a short time I have already exceeded personal barriers, proving to friends and family that playing tennis is possible when you are visually impaired.
“There is nothing more exhilarating than the feeling of walking on to court with my guide dog by my left side, my racket on my back and sound balls rattling away in my backpack.
“The tennis network in the North East has been welcoming, friendly and most of all, supportive, which makes it an honour to represent the North East nationally and hopefully soon internationally too.
“On behalf of the team I would like to thank Adderstone Foundation for their generous donation. This will enable the club to develop a website and promotional materials and hopefully enable us to secure more members going forward.”