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Champions decided at National Visually Impaired Tennis Championships after record entry!

Above: Leytonstone’s Brenda Cassell 

For the third year in a row Highgate’s Paul Ryb and Carshalton’s Jan Reynolds claimed singles titles at the National Visually Impaired Tennis Championships as the winners were decided in five singles events and three doubles events over the weekend at the National Tennis Centre in London.

Meanwhile, after finishing runner-up in the B1 mixed singles event for blind players in 2015, Cambridgeshire’s Nikhil Nair went one better this year to claim the title and also added the B1 doubles title.

After two years of the championships featuring one men’s singles draw and women’s singles draw for visually impaired players in the B2-B4 classifications, this year’s record entry resulted in three men’s singles draws, with 2013 and 2014 men’s singles champion Ryb advancing from his B3-B4 singles round-robin group without dropping a game.

Paul Ryb

Ryb went on to win his quarter-final and semi-final matches with relative ease before defeating Uckfield’s Chris Baily 4-1, 4-2 in the final.Following a player withdrawal, the B4 men’s singles trophy went to Eastbourne’s Callum Lock, who advanced further than any other B4 player in the in the B3-B4 singles.

All three round-robin pools in the mixed B1 singles featured multiple matches that ended in tie-breaks and the knockout phase of the event continued to produce some tense contests as Nair edged out Qasib Nazir 5-4(2) and Yvette Priestley defeated Maria Oshodi 5-4(2). Nair won his fourth tie-break in five matches to improve on his runners-up finish in the B1 singles in 2014.

The men’s B2 singles saw Matthew Page and Jim Currie both advance to the final with relative ease. Uxbridge’s Page then raced through the decider 4-0, 4-1 to take the title after dropping a total of just five games across his four singles matches during the weekend.

The B2-B4 doubles saw both B3-B4 singles finalists on opposite sides of the net in another title decider, this time Baily coming on top with his partner Lock as they defeated David Buckley and Ryb 4-1.

Nikhil Nair

Nair added his second title of the weekend in the B1 doubles, which saw all matches played out in a match tie-break format, leading to some close encounters. Nair and Chris Jefferies won the final against Nazir and Priestley 10-6.

After successive women’s singles titles at the championships in 2013 and 2014 Reynolds claimed the B4 women’s singles titles this year in style, winning three of her four round-robin matches 4-0, 4-0 and dropping her only three games in the event to runner-up Rosine Pybus after a 4-1, 4-2 win against the Darlington player.

Leytonstone’s Brenda Cassell won the B2-B3 women’s singles after a tense semi-final that saw her come from behind to beat Sarah Fortescue 3-5, 4-0, (10-3). However, after winning her two round-robin group matches in straight sets Cassell recovered from dropping a set against Fortescue to hit top form again in the final and raced to a 4-0, 4-0 victory over Wendy Glasper.

The B2-B4 women’s doubles ended in victory for Odette Battarel and Amanda Green, who overcame a substantial challenge from Glasper and Pybus in the final to seal a 5-3 win.

The championships also incorporated the first ever Tennis Foundation Blind and Visually Impaired Tennis Awards with many deserving nominees. The winners were decided by a panel put together from the Tennis Foundation and members of the GB Visually Impaired Advisory Group. Dave Donnelly was voted Male Personality of the Year, Dawn Fradgley won Female Personality of the Year, Leslie Snaith was voted Coach of the Year and the Volunteer of the Year Award was won by Odette Battarel.

“We are delighted to have had a record entry this year for the National Visually Impaired Tennis Championships and we had an exceptionally high level of tennis,” said David Hardman, the Tennis Foundation’s Disability Development Manager for London & South East.

“Blind and visually impaired tennis shows how the sport can be adapted for absolutely anyone to play and enjoy. We’ve supported an increasing number of blind and visually impaired tennis sessions across the country this year and it’s great that so many people are now enjoying the game. I’m sure the National Championships will only inspire many more to take up the sport and we are extremely excited for the future of the sport.”

original post  from http://www.lta.org.uk


Metro bring VI Sports to Lloyds of London – 22 October 2015

Lloyd of London meets Metro 22 October 2015

This month Metro will be show casing VI Sport to Lloyds Staff – using a selection of sports and adapted sports equipment, alongside VI Board Games, tech and wider Volunteering/Support opportunities. There will be video presentation’s and speeches from Mike Brace, Metro Patron, Lara Green Metro tennis committee member/player and Roy Smith Director of Sport.

Activities include:
Dance/Fitness Warm Up session Sports: Goalball, Bowls,Tennis Demos
Stands: Metro, Link Up/TPT, ELVis, VI Tech/Equipment,  Payroll giving
plus a selection of VI Board Games

 New Metro Motion Video we will be showing at the event to the Lloyd Staff below

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Metro Members Questionnaire 2015 – Link Here!

Metro Members Questionnaire 2015

We have devised a short questionnaire for all our members in order to find out which of our activities are most valued and to help us shape our future plans.

Members Questionnaire Link

We’re hoping to receive as many replies as possible to help us build up an accurate picture of the views of our membership, so if you could take five minutes to complete the questionnaire, it would be most appreciated.

The closing date for completion is Tuesday 20 October 2015.


National Eye Health Week – Plus Free Feast your Eyes Cookbook (PDF)

National Eye Health Week

The sixth annual National Eye Health Week (NEHW)is taking  place 21 – 27 September 2015. Once again, eye care charities, organisations and health professionals from across the UK are joining together to promote the importance of eye health and the need for regular sight tests for all.  link here National Eye Health Week  website  or the London Event List or UK Events List

Vision really matters. Sight is the sense people fear losing the most, yet many of us don’t know the best way to look after our eyes.

Click Here for the Free  Feast your Eyes Cookbook  – PDF format


Entry Form for UK Blind Sailing Nationals! 2- 4 Oct 2015

UK Blind Sailing Nationals 2 Oct - 4 Oct 2015

Experienced and novice sailors are welcomed as the event is aimed at getting
more VI people involved in sailing and racing.  Any novice sailors will be
teamed up with more experienced sailors and sighted crew to coach them.

Blind Sailing in conjunction with the Cowes Corinthian Yacht Club invites entries to the 2015 British Blind Sailing Championship to be sailed on the waters of the Solent.

Date:  2-4 October 2015.
Time: 10.30am Fri 2 Oct –  TBC Sun 4 Oct
Venue: 39 Birmingham Rd, Cowes,  PO31 7BH

Entry Form and NOTICE OF RACE Available here

If you have any questions or concerns about this event or completing this form, please contact Blind Sailing below

Contact: Tel. 07796687914 or email blind.sailing@yahoo.co.uk