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Wheelchair Tennis launched in Central Region and Abor rehabilitation centre

By Vincent Ashitey
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As part of developing and promoting the sports of tennis in the country, the Ghana Wheelchair Tennis which is coordinated by Mr Henry Larbi successfully launched Wheelchair Tennis at the St. Theresa's Vocational Training Centre for the Physically Challenged in Abor, Volta region dubbed "let's play Wheelchair Tennis in schools and rehabilitation centres" on Wednesday 23rd October 2019.

The sports was also launched in the Central region at the Cape Coast Sports Stadium Tennis Court on Thursday 24th October 2019.

The aim of this project is to introduce wheelchair tennis to children with disability in schools and to recruit junior players who can play for fun and also develop their interest in becoming professional wheelchair tennis players.

The expansion of wheelchair tennis program to include Central region forms part of the International Tennis Federation (ITF) Wheelchair Tennis Development Fund 2019 Project in developing and promoting Wheelchair Tennis in developing countries.

St. Theresa's Vocational training centre is a Catholic Mission which was started for Persons with Physical Disability but it has been turned into an Inclusive School to admit able Students.

The Headmaster of School, Rev Fr. Emmanuel Johnson was delighted for introducing wheelchair Tennis in the school because it was going to serve as a source of entertainment, a means of exercising as well as develop their ability in sports.

The launch of Wheelchair Tennis at Cape Coast was immediately followed with a 2 Day Wheelchair Tennis Beginners Training Clinic which had about 50 Persons with Physical Disability Athletes and 2 coaches from the region attending.

“We are happy to have wheelchair tennis launched in Central region, the players are happy and determined to train to make the region the hub for wheelchair tennis in Ghana” – Charles Hezekiel Obo, Assistant Captain, Cape Coast Disability Sports.

The team from Ghana Wheelchair Tennis who embarked on the program were Coach Yahya Macaulay, Michael Oteng, Daniel Laryea and Henry Larbi the National Coordinator of Ghana Wheelchair Tennis.