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WAF Presents Naqi Rizvi!

London Vision's Working Age forum Presents Naqi Rizvi

The Working Age forum Presents Naqi Rizvi

London Vision is proud to present WAF member Naqi Rizvi at our September event. Naqi Rizvi is an engineer by qualification, a banker by profession and a sportsman by passion. He not only completed his undergraduate and master’s degrees in engineering with good grades – despite the odds – but also went on to secure a job with a world-renowned bank and now works in Canary Wharf.

He is passionate about sports and is presently ranked third in the world in the men’s category of blind tennis.

Naqi is passionate about spreading the message of hope and perseverance and has spoken at several events including two TEDx talks and conferences in Malaysia and Oman. He is very keen to make a difference to the world around him and won a global diversity award with Barclays in 2018.

He also sits on the steering committee of the employee network to promote disability and mental health. Naqi has lived in four different countries and hopes to make the UK his permanent home.

Event details

  • Date: 19 Sept Time: 6.00 pm to 8.00 pm
  • Venue: Pocklington Hub, Tavistock House South Entrance D, Tavistock Square, London, WC1H 9LG
Come along and hear Naqi talk about his many and varied experiences and the part that perseverance and a positive attitude continues to play in his working life and beyond.

We can offer assistance from Euston station to those who request it in advance. To RSVP please email us: waf.london@londonvision.org   Please RSVP no later than 12 September.

If you have any issues on the evening please contact London VIsions Networks Manager, Alex Pepper on:  07970 725 620

 

WAF Presents Naqi Rizvi!

London Vision's Working Age forum Presents Naqi Rizvi
Venue:
Pocklington Hub, Tavistock House South Entrance D, Tavistock Square, London, WC1H 9LG
Time:
6.00 pm - 8.00 pm
Phone:
07970 725 620
Date:
19th September 2019
Cost:
FREE


The Working Age forum Presents Naqi Rizvi

London Vision is proud to present WAF member Naqi Rizvi at our September event. Naqi Rizvi is an engineer by qualification, a banker by profession and a sportsman by passion. He not only completed his undergraduate and master’s degrees in engineering with good grades – despite the odds – but also went on to secure a job with a world-renowned bank and now works in Canary Wharf. He is passionate about sports and is presently ranked third in the world in the men’s category of blind tennis.

Naqi is passionate about spreading the message of hope and perseverance and has spoken at several events including two TEDx talks and conferences in Malaysia and Oman. He is very keen to make a difference to the world around him and won a global diversity award with Barclays in 2018. He also sits on the steering committee of the employee network to promote disability and mental health. Naqi has lived in four different countries and hopes to make the UK his permanent home.

Event details

  • Date: 19 Sept Time: 6.00 pm to 8.00 pm
  • Venue: Pocklington Hub, Tavistock House South Entrance D, Tavistock Square, London, WC1H 9LG
Come along and hear Naqi talk about his many and varied experiences and the part that perseverance and a positive attitude continues to play in his working life and beyond.

We can offer assistance from Euston station to those who request it in advance. To RSVP please email us: waf.london@londonvision.org   Please RSVP no later than 12 September.

If you have any issues on the evening please contact London VIsions Networks Manager, Alex Pepper on:  07970 725 620

Blind Tennis World Ranking!

Metro Members on the Blind Tennis World Ranking List

Blind Tennis World Ranking List Below!

A huge thanks to Odette Battarel who shared this new link with us!

Odette who just happens to ranked 3rd in B3 Women, was instrumental in the development of the sport in the UK. Odette with her friend and Metro trustee, Amanda Green, where the first to bring Blind Tennis to the UK back in 2007. Now, after a lot of hard work by many, including our amazing coaches and volunteers, it is now integrated into the LTA yearly programme of events with national and international competitions for all to enjoy and take part in.

Blind Tennis World Ranking list

Rankings List: https://blindsport.uk/TennisRankings

We are all very proud of our member’s achievements and it is great to see how many of these names on this list we supported at the beginning of their journeys to Tennis excellence.

Many named on the list are still Metro Blind Sports members and they train and share their hard-earned techniques with the next generation of upcoming tennis stars.

List of our current Members on the Blind Tennis World Ranking  list in 2019

  • B2 WOMEN  – Brenda Cassell –  Ranking  9 for Great Britain
  • B3 WOMEN  – Odette Battarel – Ranking  3  for France
  • B3 WOMEN   Jan ReynoldsRanking  4 for Great Britain
  • B1 MEN –  Naqi Rizvi  – Ranking  3  for Pakistan
  • B3 MEN – Paul Ryb –  Ranking  2  for Great Britain
  • B3 MEN  – Chris Baily –  Ranking  6  for Great Britain

Congratulation to all the above, from us all at Metro Blind Sport and many thanks to all the coaches and volunteers that have and still do help keep all our tennis members playing Tennis at this high level!

So If you are thinking of learning to play Blind tennis, then  do check out our Tennis event page: http://bit.ly/MBSTennisEvents

 

Tennis: IBTT 2019 by Naqi Rizvi

International Blind Tennis Tournament 2019 by Naqi Rizvi

International Blind Tennis Tournament  (IBTT) 2019 by Naqi Rizvi

I got a chance to compete in the World Championships of VI Tennis for a second time, this time around in Alicante Spain. I arrived on the 9th of June and returned back to the UK on the 16th. The seven glorious days I spent there involved chilling in the hotel and the internal water park, practising before the tournament and actually playing! the first two days were full of classification which left me with lots of free time as I am classified as a B1 for life.

My category of B1 males had 20 people from several different countries. The tournament overall had 87 players from 15 countries and six continents, and I was the third seed for the draws. My opponents at the group stage included Italy, Germany and Ireland. I luckily won all my matches by breaking serve and consequently avoiding a tie-break. I came out at the top of my group and then played in the quarterfinals against Argentina.

I won that too and played my semi-final against the worlds number 1 from Japan, which I lost 6-3. However, I gave my great opponent a tough time, and we hugged each other after the match was over. I then went on to play my 3rd and 4th play-off match against another German opponent which I won 6-3. That left me in third place and given that my group was the biggest (20 people), I am very proud of coming 3rd.

Moreover, most countries had managers and coaches who worked with them before and during the tournament, a luxury that I wasn’t afforded as I was the sole representative of my country. As there were eight courts beside each other, quiet was a luxury, but I gave it my best and really enjoyed the experience.

It was great to see so many players and such good tennis in many instances. The overall vibe was also great despite some issues, and I thoroughly enjoyed myself with the GB team that adopted me and also met many players/officials from other countries that I had met last year. I had a great time and would love to go year after year, becoming the world champion soon!

I must say a massive thank you to Metro Blind Sport, Highgate Tennis CLub, the Globe and Stanmore Jaffaries for helping me improve my game and also sponsorship which allowed me to go to Spain and also do well.  I hope to make you all even prouder and hope to become an even better player who consistently does well!  –  article by Naqi Rizvi

Article by Naqi Rizvi

 

Help Naqi raise some funds for not on but 2 Charities

Naqi” I’m abseiling 156m down the Iconic 1CP Building for The Lord Mayor’s Appeal because mental health affects each one of us!
Link to donate: https://blindsport.uk/MentalHealthDonate 

Naqi’s 2019 Prudential RideLondon Surrey 46 page
To help contribute towards research and Raising funds for Children with Cancer UK because I want no child to suffer from this disease
Link to donate: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/naqi-rizvi

 

Novice to Number 4 in 2 Years!

Novice to one of the best in 2 Years Naqi Rizvi

VI tennis player Naqi Rizvi at Globe Tennis Club in Belsize Park. Photos by Siorna Ashby

original story by http://www.hamhigh.co.uk

A blind tennis player has made amazing progress from beginner to one of the best in the world – in the space of two years.

VI tennis player Naqi Rizvi at Globe Tennis Club in Belsize Park. Picture Siorna Ashby
VI tennis player Naqi Rizvi at Globe Tennis Club in Belsize Park.
returning a low ball Picture Siorna Ashby

Naqi Rizvi, 27, of Belsize Park Road, reached the semi-finals of the International Blind Tennis Association tournament in Dublin last month.

He only started playing VI (visually impaired) tennis in January 2016.

Naqi told the Ham and High: “I never expected, in my wildest dreams, that I would be number four in the world. It was amazing.”

Naqi trains at Globe Tennis Club, in Haverstock Hill. It’s here where he has been able to progress since joining in November last year.

He explains: “I did VI sessions at Islington Tennis Club but that was only once a month.

“I was really, really keen to get more practice and thought I’d give it a go at Globe. Rob Deane, who’s in the committee, was very welcoming and arranged for volunteers to play with me.”

The club now puts on fortnightly VI sessions, and Naqi is able to practise at least once a week.

He continues: “Being able to practise weekly is a massive help. I can now work on the things I want to work on and get to meet new people.”

VI tennis player Naqi Rizvi at Globe Tennis Club in Belsize Park. Picture Siorna Ashby
VI tennis player Naqi Rizvi at Globe Tennis Club in Belsize Park. returning a high ball Picture Siorna Ashby

Naqi is classified as a “B1” player, being completely blind.

In B1 tennis, the court is much smaller: 12.8 metres by 6.1m compared to the standard size of 23.8m by 8.2m.

Players are allowed up to three bounces and the ball makes a sound. The net is also lower, and players have to ask their opponents if they are “ready” before a serve is made.

With experienced players, rallies of over six shots are possible – something which Naqi achieves regularly in sessions at Globe.

The club sponsored his tournament trip to Dublin, where he lost to the world’s number one in the semis.

VI tennis player Naqi Rizvi at Globe Tennis Club in Belsize Park. Picture Siorna Ashby

VI tennis player Naqi Rizvi at Globe Tennis Club in Belsize Park. Picture Siorna AshbyNaqi recalls: “My attitude in Dublin was to relax and enjoy. And the last two matches were the best I played.

“If I had the opportunity to play every day, I would. The only factor I have to consider is the weather – the natural elements can be a big factor as VI tennis balls are very light.”

For more information about VI sessions at Globe or to volunteer, email globeltc.tennis@gmail.com