UBC Hosts Canadian Wheelchair Tennis National Championships

 

We’re very fortunate at UBC to host many national and international events each year. One such event is currently taking place at the Tennis Centre from Oct.27-30. The Birmingham National Wheelchair Tennis Championships pit the best athletes from each province against each other in a fast-paced and intense competition.

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Olympians come to UBC!

Organized and hosted by BC Wheelchair Sports and Tennis Canada, the tournament boasts the best competitors in the sport that our country has to offer. Among them is Philippe Bedard of Quebec, who is currently ranked 70th in the IFT (International Federation of Tennis) world rankings. He was the only athlete to represent Canada in wheelchair tennis at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio De Janerio.

“We can grow wheelchair tennis from the grassroots to a high performance level [here] in British Columbia.”

-Gail Hamamoto

During the opening ceremonies, the Executive director of the BC Wheelchair Sports Association, Gail Hamamoto, said that “we can grow wheelchair tennis from the grassroots, to a high performance level [here] in British Columbia.” Her excitement and commitment to growing the program show a lot of potential for the sport and the athletes that play it.

This is the second consecutive year the tournament has been held at UBC and there was an increase in number of competitors compared to last year. The game itself is largely similar to regular tennis, the only difference being that the ball is able to bounce twice within the court boundary before being played. After watching the first round of matches, I was extremely impressed with the players’ speed, range, and accuracy.img_0786