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Metro Tennis Tournament 2019

Metro Tennis Tournament 2019

Metro Blind Sport Tennis Tournament 2019

On Sunday 17th February 2019 twenty-six blind and partially sighted players came together to compete in the Metro Blind Sports tennis tournament at the GLL Islington Tennis Centre.

The players were supported by a team of dedicated volunteers and LTA officials and the event was a great success.

The B1 category for blind players was played as a singles event and the partially sighted players played a doubles event, one for male players and one for female players.

Players came from across London to take part and there was a mixture of junior and senior players paired together. There was also a mixture of experienced international players playing with, and against, newer Metro Blind Sport players.

There was some excellent shot making throughout the day and although there was a strong competitive edge throughout, the event was played in an excellent spirit with players supporting each other the whole time.

Martin Symcox, CEO of Metro Blind Sport said of the event, ‘Sunday was a resounding success for all involved. This annual event gives our members the opportunity to compete against each other in a very well organised tournament, with experienced LTA officials and a willing group of volunteers.

The atmosphere during the day was exceptional and the quality of play was clear to see. It was fantastic to see the experienced players supporting the newer and younger Metro Blind Sport players.

Congratulations to all of those involved, with special acknowledgement to our winners and finalists.’

 report by Martin Symcox

Results

  • B1 Winner:  Naqi Rizvi
  • B1 Runner Up:  Monica Smith
  • Men’s Doubles Partially Sighted Winners:  Matt Page and Ewan Hayward
  • Men’s Doubles Partially Sighted Runners Up:  Eamonn Shearing and Ivan Rodriguez-Deb
  • Women’s Doubles Partially Sighted Winners:  Brenda Cassell and Amanda Green
  • Women’s Doubles Partially Sighted Runners Up:  Louise Evans and Helen Potter

 

Try Something New in 2019

Try Something New for 2019 by Odette Battarel

Try something new in 2019

Yesterday I tried archery for the first time ever!.

I play a lot of blind tennis but my new year’s resolution for 2019 is to be brave and try out new things. I looked in Metro blind sport newsletter to see what activities were on offer and spotted archery. I knew a few friends who have been doing it for years and had always been intrigued as to how it works for blind or partially sighted archers.

When I arrived, I was warmly welcomed by Jen and Fred who run the sessions for Metro at the Southfields community school on Sundays. The sports hall was all set up with targets, bows and arrows all ready to shoot.

The Coach was very enthusiastic and very helpful, I started learning where to stand, how to hold the bow and how to load an arrow. I had to feel my way around the bow and the string a few times before mastering the first skills, then the coach guided me to take the right position to pull the string and shoot.

 

 

I was very excited when I heard the noise of the arrow planting itself on the target! This was the very first time I had shot an arrow from a real bow!.

Although I could not see the target it was still very interesting to find out about all the techniques. And then I heard a bang and it was a fellow archer who had just hit bull’s eye and popped a balloon that the coach had pinned to the target! Everyone clapped and we all tried to pop a balloon!

When all the arrows were spent we walked up to the targets to see how well we did and to pick up all the arrows that went astray.

It was strangely calming to stand and think all the instructions, aim and shoot a bit like some kind of meditation. This is a sport, one can do just for fun or it can become really competitive, Fred was telling me how some of the Sunday archers had started with them and then moved on to enter competitions and bring back gold medals for the club.

I would definitely recommend others to try something new and have a go!

by Odette Battarel

 

Tennis AGM & Social 7 March!

Tennis AGM & Social 7 March at the RNIB

Metro Blind Sport will be holding the Tennis AGM on Thursday 7 March at the RNIB on Judd St!

This is for our blind and partially sighted Tennis players to come to give feedback and reflect on the year gone by and to give Ideas and suggestions to further develop sessions and events for the coming years and to hear what is going on the National and international scene.

Venue: RNIB, Room 4, 105 Judd St, London WC1H 9NE

Date: Thursday 7 March 2019  Time:   6.00 pm  to 7.00pm

Social:  After the AGM we will then go to a nearby Pub for food and drink!

Contact:  odette.battarel@londonvision.org

RNIB phone:  0303 123 9999

We look forward to catching up with you all over some food and drink!

Odette Battarel

 

 

Junior VI Tennis Festival18 May

Junior Blind & Partially Sighted Tennis Festival 18 May
Venue:
National Tennis Centre, 100 Priory Lane, Roehampton, London, SW15 5JQ
Time:
10.00 am - 4 .00 pm
Phone:
Date:
18th May 2019
Cost:
£10  plus get a free tennis racket for first timers! - Enter online
Contact:


Junior Vision Impaired Tennis Festival!

£10 entry, plus get a free tennis racket for first timers!

Tennis is a sport for everyone including those who are blind or partially sighted.

If you are 18 and under and looking to try the sport or improve your game then why not come to the LTA’s Junior Visually Impaired (VI) Tennis Festival.

Delivered by coaches – experienced in VI tennis ensuring participants will be hitting balls by the end of the festival!

What can you expect?

  • A fun filled day with lots of games and activities
  • A free racket to use during the festival and take away
  • Opportunities for parents to get involved

Date:  18th May 2019 Time: 10 pm – 4 pm

Venue: National Tennis Centre, 100 Priory Lane, Roehampton, London, SW15 5JQ

Cost: £10  plus get a free tennis racket for first timers!

How to book: Please book online by visiting: https://fs18.formsite.com/ltaadmin/JuniorVIfestivals2019/index.html

Visit our website by clicking  https://www.tennisfoundation.org.uk/play-tennis/blind-visually-impaired-tennis/here 

 

Tennis AGM & Social 7 March

Tennis AGM & Social 7 March at the RNIB
Venue:
RNIB, Room 4, 105 Judd St, London WC1H 9NE
Time:
6.00 pm - 7.00 pm
Phone:
Date:
07th March 2019
Cost:
Free, food and drink not included.


Metro Blind Sport will be holding the Tennis AGM on Thursday 7 March at the RNIB on Judd St!

This is for our blind and partially sighted Tennis players to come to give feedback and reflect on the year gone by and to give Ideas and suggestions to further develop sessions and events for the coming years and to hear what is going on the National and international scene.

Venue: RNIB, Room 4, 105 Judd St, London WC1H 9NE

Date: Thursday 7 March 2019  Time:   6.00 pm  to 7.00pm

Social:  After the AGM we will then go to a nearby Pub for food and drink!

Contact:  odette.battarel@londonvision.org

RNIB phone:  0303 123 9999

We Look forward to catching up with you all over some food and drink!

Odette Battarel