Huge congratulations go to local resident James Shaw, who was part of the Great Britain Quad Wheelchair Tennis team who recently triumphed in the 2017 BNP Paribas World Team Cup.
The tournament, which took place in Sardinia, saw James and his team-mates Andy Lapthorne and Antony Cotterill taking on Quad teams from around the world in both singles and doubles matches. The team claimed their World Cup title – and a gold medal apiece – on Sunday 7 May, after beating Israel 2-1 in the final.
James was only classified into the Quad division of wheelchair tennis a few years ago, when he was fast tracked on to the Tennis Foundation’s Performance Development Pathway. He now has his sights set on representing Great Britain in the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.
Last year, James was selected to go to the Rio Paralympics as part of the Paralympic Inspiration Programme. This aims to provide developing athletes with the knowledge that will prepare them for future Games experiences, as well as exciting and inspiring future Paralympians.
After his visit, James said: “The Paralympics is an absolutely amazing experience that I need to do everything in my powers to get to.”
Being part of the winning team in Sardinia is one step closer to James achieving his ambition, and Ruddington wishes him continuing success.