A team of four tennis aces from York have been selected to serve for Great Britain in the 8th German Special Olympics National Games today (21st May 2012.)
The four learning disabled players, Laura Campbell, Matthew Wreglesworth, Emma Lindsay and Cameron Long, who train at York Tennis Club, Shipton Road under coach Bev Cairns will compete against German and Swiss tennis teams in singles and mixed doubles.
York’s tennis team will be part of the Special Olympics Great Britain delegation led by Paul Ramskill, City of York Council’s Everybody Active Targeted Programme Co-ordinator.
The players left York yesterday (Sunday 20th May) to join team mates from Special Olympics Surrey who is sending a four-strong ten-pin bowling team of Jonathan Frett, Michael Lines, Scott Hastings and Hilary Thomas and their coach Alan Howe.
Councillor Sonja Crisp, City of York Council’s Cabinet member for Leisure, Culture and Tourism said:
“I’m so proud of the skill, determination and achievement of York’s Special Olympics team: they’re fantastic ambassadors for York. I hope they have a wonderful experience and wish them every success.”
The Games will includes athletes from Austria competing in athletics and cycling, other Swiss teams competing in equestrian, tennis and judo sports, and from France who will be playing football.