Less than a year till the Olympics and Paralympics in London
With less than a year to go to London 2012 I've been reading all about the Paralympic athletes hoping to compete and win a medal for Britain! As you can probably guess, I'm really excited about watching the Wheelchair Tennis. Did you know that Wheelchair Tennis was invented in America about 35 years ago and is one of the fastest-growing wheelchair sports in the world? It was an exhibition sport at the Seoul 1988 Paralympic Games but became a full medal event at Barcelona in 1992, and has featured at every Games since then. At London 2012, the Wheelchair Tennis events will be played at Eton Manor, a brand new venue in the Olympic Park and I can't wait!
I also found out that one of the British team is called Pete just like me! His full name is Peter Norfolk and he is in a wheelchair because he had a motorbike accident when he was 19. He is now a Paralympian, and was the first person ever to win a Paralympic medal for Britain in tennis when he took gold in the quads singles at the 2004 Paralympics in Athens. He represented Great Britain again at the 2008 Paralympics in Beijing, winning gold in the singles event and bronze in doubles with Jamie Burdekin. It's made me want to practice tennis every day so that one day I might be in the British team - what do you think?
Photo by robbiesaurus (Flickr: Peter Norfolk (GBR)) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons