Photo: William GreinerAngelica Bernal (COL)
The ITF has been awarded a grant through the International Paralympic Association’s Agitos Foundation to enable a project focusing on the development of quad and women’s players in South and Central America.
Activity will take place throughout 2014, when development visits will be made to different countries within the South and Central America region. Chile, Brazil and Guatemala are all scheduled for visits as part of the project. All activity will be led by ITF experts.
Introductory clinics, media interviews, coach education and meetings with relevant associations will be conducted with the focus on promoting the awareness and development of quad and female players.
In 2014 a quad classification will be held in South America, providing potential players within the region with the opportunity to be classified in to the division.
Current world No. 5 ranked quad singles player and two-time Paralympian Sarah Hunter (CAN) will visit Brazil as a player ambassador in February to help to promote the project, the activity being undertaken and encourage potential new players on their journey to participation in wheelchair tennis.
The project is one of 35 projects approved in 2013 to receive a grant from through Agitos Foundation’s Grand Support Programme.
Through the Grant Support Programme (GSP), Agitos Foundation makes funding available for IPC member organizations to develop para-sports across the world.