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Paralympic Wheelchair Tennis Star visits Newquay

Peter Norfolk at Newquay's Heron Tennis Centre

Double Paralympic Gold Medallist Peter Norfolk has been in Cornwall to encourage more people to take up wheelchair tennis.

The multiple Grand Slam champion is more successful than Andy Murray is in the able bodied game.

Having taken it up at Stoke Mandeville Hospital, Peter has gone on to become the first British Olympic medallist in tennis - winning gold in Athens and Beijing along with silver in London.

He's also won the Australian and US Opens. His visit to Newquay provided inspiration to those who've already taken up the sport.

"I think what the Paralympic Games did was it ignited the interest of the general public and showed that anyone can play tennis.

Anyone in a chair, with a walking disability, or whatever the disability is, can play wheelchair tennis and it's such a fabulous sport.

All it takes is a tennis court, a tennis ball and a tennis chair.

- Peter Norfolk, Double Paralympic Gold Medallist

Newquay's Heron Tennis Centre already has a club for those playing the game in a wheelchair under the guidance of coach Paul Roberts.

Debbie Austin uses a chair and has been playing at Heron for eighteen months, she's gone from a complete novice to really enjoying the game.

When you have such a renowned sportsman providing guidance and some coaching, even on a brief visit, the motivation of those playing increases and it's hoped will encourage others to pick up a racquet.

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