The Blind Tennis Project at Windsor Tennis Club in Belfast provides a platform for players to compete recreationally and nationally. Having secured a world number two player ranking in the Blind Tennis World Championships, the project is putting blind tennis on the map in Northern Ireland.
Players use a modified tactile court to orientate themselves, modified rackets based on player classification, and audible balls containing bells. Participants have noticed improved fitness, weight loss and increased positive mental health from being active.
"At school I dreaded each PE day, I was always the last person chosen for a team. I hated it, but now for the first time in my life I have found a sport that I know I am going to enjoy and hopefully excel at," Debbie Shaw, Blind Tennis Player.
A partnership between Disability Sport Northern Ireland and British Blind Sport saw nine players classified allowing the players to compete against others with similar sight. Five players even went on to represent Ireland in the World Championships! The ethos, determination and strength of the players has been recognised in many media outlets providing inspiration for people with sight loss to get involved in the sport.
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