Tennis suc­cess at spe­cial games

Hinckley Times - - LETTERS -

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.

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