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Northants Wheelchair Tennis Star Encourages Disabled People in the County to Get Active!

Posted: Fri, 04 Jan 2019 13:45

Northants Wheelchair Tennis Star Encourages Disabled People in the County to Get Active!

Great Britain wheelchair tennis player, Dermot Bailey from Northamptonshire has sent out a rallying call to other disabled people in the county for them to get involved in physical activity. In a recent interview with Northamptonshire Sport Dermot explained the important role that physical activity has played in his life and encouraged others to give it a go.

Dermot was diagnosed with Perthes Disease, which affects his mobility, in early childhood and after starting to use a wheelchair he took up wheelchair tennis aged 8. In the interview he explained that "physical activity has given me my life back, allowed me to make new friends and normalised my life by allowing me to return to a sport I did before my disability!"

Bailey aged 24 from Kettering had the following advice for other disabled people in Northamptonshire to encourage them to start the new year by getting active:

"Just give it a go as will be the best thing you'll do! Whether it's going back to a sport you've done before, or trying something new! You'll make new friends too, so just give it a go!"

Dermot won 3 singles titles in 2018 and also helped the Great Britain team win a silver medal in the World Team Cup. He talked about how important his coaches have been to him and also had the following advice for physical activity providers regarding the inclusion of disabled people in their activities.

"Just be open minded and understand that participants will all have different levels of ability whether they are disabled, or not. Some may require additional support, but just make your sessions fun and encourage them."

You can watch the full interview with Dermot on our YouTube channel.

Anyone with a disability who would like to get involved in tennis like Dermot should contact the Tennis Foundation on info@tennisfoundation.org.uk 02084 877000.

If you'd like to get involved in any other activity then contact Northamptonshire Sport for initial advice and guidance by emailing info@northamptonshiresport.org, or call 01604 366 976.

Tags: Coaching Disability, Disability Sport, Featured, Tennis


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