Tennis success at special games
A KEEN tennis player from Desford was among more than 2,000 athletes taking part in the Special Olympics.
The summer games for people with learning disabilities was held at Bramall Lane Stadium in Sheffield, with local 21-year-old Matthew Chilvers coming away with a bronze medal.
He scooped the hon- our in the doubles competition and came away in fourth place in the singles.
The Desford Tennis Club member said: “It was a fantastic experience to be around such a vast range of sports and people all there focused on their sport.”
The Special Olympics featured 2,600 competitors from England, Scot- land, Wales and Australia, along with 800 coaches, 1,000 volunteers and 200 officials.
More than 7,000 friends and family members cheered on the participants.
During the opening, celebrities such as Little Mix, Olly Murs and Tim Shriver gave messages of support which were shown on the big screen.
Matthew Chilvers, a member of Desford Tennis Club, came away with a bronze medal in the tennis doubles at the Special Olympics.