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Tennis ace Connie is a smashing volunteer

 

Tennis ace Connie is a smashing volunteer

Sixth Form student Connie has enjoyed a summer of accolades from the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) in recognition of important volunteering work she does with visually-impaired and wheelchair tennis players in Bristol.

Connie is a gifted player in her own right, training up to five times a week, and playing with the University of Bristol ladies’ 1st team and also Avon County.

She began volunteering a couple of years ago, starting with wheelchair tennis and then more recently picked up the visually-impaired tennis coaching.

Connie explains: “I saw the wheelchair tennis session taking place while I was on a court next door, and thought it was something I would like to get involved with. Especially as I had my eyes set on physiotherapy, I felt this would be good experience.”

Her unpaid efforts were first recognised this summer when Avon County named her as LTA Young Person of the Year. This led on to a Regional LTA Award, and the presentation of a trophy and certificate at Queen’s Tennis Club in London.

She was then selected as one of three national junior finalists, and invited to attend a prestigious day during the recent Wimbledon championships, which included a prize-winners lunch and centre court tickets.

Also a qualified tennis coach, Connie says that her volunteering has had a impact on her.

She said: “It has opened my eyes to what some people go through, as many are disabled as a result of serious accidents, and have to completely re-build their lives. I also have so much respect for the players as it’s actually a really difficult game - even for someone like me who has played since the age of five.

Connie added: “I have gained so much from the volunteering, and was really touched to be recognised for it.” 

Picture shows Connie being presented with her award by Sandi Procter, a member of the LTA Board.   

Date Posted: 17 September, 2019

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