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VI Tennis Tournament in Gibraltar

Vision Impaired Tennis Tournament in Gibraltar

Vision Impaired Tennis Tournament in Gibraltar

A group of METRO members took part in the first VI tennis tournament to be held in Gibraltar from 15 to 19 July.

The tournament was organised by Jack Fisher and family members and sponsored by the Gibraltar government. Our appreciation to all those who contributed to making this possible.

The tournament was promoted locally by a government press release and an article in the Gibraltar Chronicle.

Press release :

Visually Impaired Tennis Tournament taking Place on the Rock

July 18, 2019

A group of visually impaired tennis players from the UK are currently in Gibraltar taking part in a tennis tournament held at the Sandpits Lawn Tennis Club. The finals will be played tomorrow Friday at 11am with trophies presented on its conclusion.

This idea of bringing the event over to Gibraltar has been the brain child of Jack Fisher, a local visually Impaired tennis player currently undertaking a Phd in Mathematics and currently taking part in various tennis tournaments across the UK.

Regional Visually Impaired tennis tournaments are hosted across the UK, giving opportunities for people who are blind or partially sighted to play tennis. The visually impaired (VI) version of the game is played on a smaller court than usual, with a lower net with an audible ball so that the player can hear it bounce. Depending on your sight, you’re allowed up to three bounces before returning.

The players were particularly pleased with the quality of the grounds especially with the colour contrast it provided, which was particularly helpful to them. The grounds were recently refurbished to host the Tennis competition for the Island Games.

Earlier this week the Minister for Equality the Hon Samantha Sacramento, on behalf of the Minister for Sport, Steven Linares, met with the group. The General public are encouraged to attend the final and offer their support to the players.

Article in the Gibraltar chronicle.

Visually impaired tennis tournament final today

by Gabriella Peralta

A group of visually impaired tennis players are competing in a final of a locally organised tournament today.

The tournament is the brainchild of local visually impaired tennis player Jack Fisher, aged 25, who is currently undertaking a Phd in Mathematics.

Mr Fisher plays regularly in tournaments while studying in the UK and decided to bring the sport of visually impaired tennis to Gibraltar.

The tournament that has been sponsored by the Gibraltar Government, has taken place every morning this week at Sandpits tennis courts, and sees UK players compete.

The game created in 1986 stays true to tennis except for some changes.

Players have visual classifications from B1 up to B5, with B5 being the highest sight level.

To even the field, those with similar sight classifications play against each other. For example, a player with a lower sight level such as B1 would typically not be pitted against a B3.

The rackets are the same, but the tennis ball has been adapted and the courts are slightly smaller.

The ball is larger, soft and spongy, with a bell tucked inside.

Before the player serves they must shout ‘ready, go’ to alert the other player.

The rules allow for the ball to bounce on the ground between one and three times depending on the visual classification of the player.

The bounce ensures that the adapted ball rings and allows players to gage in which direction the ball is coming from.

At the tournament Paul Gillett, Maja Vojnovic, Brenda Cassell, Aemonn Shearing, Everton Amos, and Christine Lawrence from the UK are all classed as B3 players.

Husband and wife duo Allan and Johanna Turnbull both have a B2 classification, and Maria Oshodi, who joined in the fun and played friendly matches, did not compete in the tournament and has a B1 classification.

Joe Enriles organised the matches at Sandpits, having researched visually impaired tennis and sorted the players in different categories depending on their eyesight classification.

Mr Fisher, who has B3 eyesight, will be competing in today’s final against Ms Cassell, having each played four matches over the past week.

He added that it has been fun organising the tournament and playing with the other players.

Mr Fisher told the Chronicle he starting playing visually impaired tennis six years ago with his dad.

“It gave me something to do in the summer,” Mr Fisher said.

“He googled it and found these rules for tennis. Then my dad found tournaments in England and he entered me in one of the tournaments when he was dropping me off at university.

When I played in that tournament it was the first time I ever played properly.”

Mr Fisher decided to organise the tournament when he came home to Gibraltar for summer and was talking to Paulette Massetti at Sandpits. “Joe kindly gave us the courts here at Sandpits to use,” Mr Fisher said.“ He made sure the courts were set up and he learnt the rules.”

 

VI Tennis Tournament in Gibraltar

Vision Impaired Tennis Tournament in Gibraltar

Vision Impaired Tennis Tournament in Gibraltar

A group of METRO members took part in the first VI tennis tournament to be held in Gibraltar from 15 to 19 July.

The tournament was organised by Jack Fisher and family members and sponsored by the Gibraltar government. Our appreciation to all those who contributed to making this possible.

The tournament was promoted locally by a government press release and an article in the Gibraltar Chronicle.

Press release :

Visually Impaired Tennis Tournament taking Place on the Rock

July 18, 2019

A group of visually impaired tennis players from the UK are currently in Gibraltar taking part in a tennis tournament held at the Sandpits Lawn Tennis Club. The finals will be played tomorrow Friday at 11am with trophies presented on its conclusion.

This idea of bringing the event over to Gibraltar has been the brain child of Jack Fisher, a local visually Impaired tennis player currently undertaking a Phd in Mathematics and currently taking part in various tennis tournaments across the UK.

Regional Visually Impaired tennis tournaments are hosted across the UK, giving opportunities for people who are blind or partially sighted to play tennis. The visually impaired (VI) version of the game is played on a smaller court than usual, with a lower net with an audible ball so that the player can hear it bounce. Depending on your sight, you’re allowed up to three bounces before returning.

The players were particularly pleased with the quality of the grounds especially with the colour contrast it provided, which was particularly helpful to them. The grounds were recently refurbished to host the Tennis competition for the Island Games.

Earlier this week the Minister for Equality the Hon Samantha Sacramento, on behalf of the Minister for Sport, Steven Linares, met with the group. The General public are encouraged to attend the final and offer their support to the players.

Article in the Gibraltar chronicle.

Visually impaired tennis tournament final today

by Gabriella Peralta

A group of visually impaired tennis players are competing in a final of a locally organised tournament today.

The tournament is the brainchild of local visually impaired tennis player Jack Fisher, aged 25, who is currently undertaking a Phd in Mathematics.

Mr Fisher plays regularly in tournaments while studying in the UK and decided to bring the sport of visually impaired tennis to Gibraltar.

The tournament that has been sponsored by the Gibraltar Government, has taken place every morning this week at Sandpits tennis courts, and sees UK players compete.

The game created in 1986 stays true to tennis except for some changes.

Players have visual classifications from B1 up to B5, with B5 being the highest sight level.

To even the field, those with similar sight classifications play against each other. For example, a player with a lower sight level such as B1 would typically not be pitted against a B3.

The rackets are the same, but the tennis ball has been adapted and the courts are slightly smaller.

The ball is larger, soft and spongy, with a bell tucked inside.

Before the player serves they must shout ‘ready, go’ to alert the other player.

The rules allow for the ball to bounce on the ground between one and three times depending on the visual classification of the player.

The bounce ensures that the adapted ball rings and allows players to gage in which direction the ball is coming from.

At the tournament Paul Gillett, Maja Vojnovic, Brenda Cassell, Aemonn Shearing, Everton Amos, and Christine Lawrence from the UK are all classed as B3 players.

Husband and wife duo Allan and Johanna Turnbull both have a B2 classification, and Maria Oshodi, who joined in the fun and played friendly matches, did not compete in the tournament and has a B1 classification.

Joe Enriles organised the matches at Sandpits, having researched visually impaired tennis and sorted the players in different categories depending on their eyesight classification.

Mr Fisher, who has B3 eyesight, will be competing in today’s final against Ms Cassell, having each played four matches over the past week.

He added that it has been fun organising the tournament and playing with the other players.

Mr Fisher told the Chronicle he starting playing visually impaired tennis six years ago with his dad.

“It gave me something to do in the summer,” Mr Fisher said.

“He googled it and found these rules for tennis. Then my dad found tournaments in England and he entered me in one of the tournaments when he was dropping me off at university.

When I played in that tournament it was the first time I ever played properly.”

Mr Fisher decided to organise the tournament when he came home to Gibraltar for summer and was talking to Paulette Massetti at Sandpits. “Joe kindly gave us the courts here at Sandpits to use,” Mr Fisher said.“ He made sure the courts were set up and he learnt the rules.”

 

New Junior Goalball Starts 1 Aug

New Junior Goalball Sessions Starts 1 Aug

New Junior Goalball Sessions

Here are some new Goalball sessions form Goalball UK in partnership with RSBC.

Join us as we learn the basics of goalball and put our new found skills to the test with matches against each other. Working with Goalball UK, you’ll be taught by the experts to attack and defend in this indoor, 3-aside team sport.

Open to visually impaired 8-25 year olds.

Dates: Thursday, 1, 15, 29 August  2019  Time: 10am – 12pm
Address: Our Lady’s High School, 6-16 Amhurst Park, London, N16 5AF.

Station meet and greet available from Stamford Hill.
To find out more and book your free place:
Email: ginisha.vekaria@rsbc.org.uk or call 020 3198 0225

 

 

Yoga with London Vision!

Yoga on fridays with London Vision

Free Yoga Classes with London Vision starting  21 June

Calling all yogis! I’m delighted to tell you our yoga classes in Bromley will soon be starting again.

London Vision has booked another 6 free classes for you. Unwind ready for the weekend while strengthening your muscles at these gentle exercise classes. We’ve got a new instructor this time and she is really looking forward to meeting you and working with a visually impaired group.

The venue is accessible and located in central Bromley at ST Peter and St Paul’s Parish Church, Church Road, Bromley BR2 0EG.

Please get in touch if you would like us to meet you from Bromley South train station or nearby Market Square bus stops.

All sessions on Fridays  Time: 12.30 to 1.30pm.

Dates:  21,  28 June   5, 12, 19 July,  and  9 August.

You don’t need to attend all the classes but please do book on those that you can.

If you can make it to 4 or more classes then we will give you your own yoga mat to bring each time too!

To book your place please call 0203 815 3660 or email info@londonvision.org.

 

GB Blind Tennis Team 2019

International Blind Tennis GB Team 2019

Great Britain Blind Tennis Team 2019

Original article on lta.org.uk

Eight British visually impaired tennis players have been selected to compete in the 2019 International Blind Tennis Tournament in Benidorm next month. Last year Great Britain clinched an impressive six golds and one silver medal and will look to return this year with more.

Organised by the International Blind Tennis Association in partnership with Sound Tennis Foundation, the tournament is running from 12–16 June and will see over 70 players from 15 different countries playing over the course of the week. With emphasis placed on inclusivity, the tournament is open to players from B1 – B4 classifications, with B4 players’ part of the official competition for the first time this year.

Led by Head Coach Louise Assioun, the following British players have been selected for this year’s squad:

  • Nikhil Nair – Cambridge (B1)
  • Rachel Morgan – London (B1)
  • James Currie – Manchester (B2)
  • Amanda Large (pictured above winning a gold medal in 2018) – Manchester (B2)
  • Paul Ryb – London (B3)
  • Sarah Fortescue – Milton Keynes (B3)
  • Neil Fradgley – Isle of Wight (B4)
  • Rosine Pybus – Middlesbrough (B4)

Speaking ahead of the event, Claire McCulloch – Disability Competitions Manager at the LTA, who is managing the GB team said: “We’re thrilled to be heading to the International Blind Tournament for the third year in a row. Blind and visually impaired tennis is growing as a sport and after last year’s success in Dublin, we’re excited to see what this year will bring. We’re hoping our GB players will inspire the next generation to pick up a racket at one of the many disability tennis sessions supported by the LTA across the UK”

Echoing McCulloch’s sentiments, Head Coach Assioun added: “I am proud and excited to be accompanying the GB VI Team as we head out to Spain for the third World Championships. Building on last year’s performance – where the team won six golds and one silver, we hope to take advantage of our experience to achieve similar success, as we continue to demonstrate the strength and depth of the sport in the UK”

With ambitions to become a Paralympic sport in the future, visually impaired tennis is adapted from the full court version to a smaller court, with a lower net. It also uses an audible ball so players can hear it bounce and being hit. Depending on an individual’s sight level, they can also be allowed up to three bounces before they must return it back to their opponent.