Tennis

Blind and Vision Impaired Tennis

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Blind and Vision Impaired Tennis was recently featured in the December edition of the Kooyong “Courtside” magazine. Please read page 17 at the following link: Kooyong Courtside December 2015.

Also, check out our very own tennis player, Chris Cypreou on SBS TV: Chris on SBS TV

Four times each year, a six-week blind tennis program, jointly developed by Blind Sports & Recreation Victoria, Tennis Victoria and Tennis Seniors Victoria is held on Friday nights at the National Tennis Centre (Indoor Courts).

People with varying level of vision impairment participate in the program, rotating through different tennis exercises with the support of volunteers. Various types of balls are used, including audible tennis balls and various size and colour balls.

Until the development of the program, people with total blindness had no access to any kind of tennis activity. Now, people from a wide range of backgrounds and ages are participating.

“It is a great opportunity for people to try something different. Initially, some people are concerned that they won’t be very good, but our focus is on participation, not necessarily ability level,” says Maurice Gleeson, President of Blind Sports Victoria, who is also a participant of the program.

If you are interested in participating in this program or would like to volunteer your time to assist, please contact Susan at the Blind Sports Victoria office on 9822 8876 or email info@blindsports.org.au

When Is the Activity Held?

Term 1 (6 weeks)

13/2/15

20/2/15

27/2/15

13/3/15

20/3/15

27/3/15

Term 2 (5 weeks)

1/5/15

8/5/15

15/5/15

22/5/15

29/5/15

Term 3 (5 weeks)

31/7/15

7/8/15

14/8/15

21/8/15

28/8/15

Term 4 (5 weeks)

16/10/15

23/10/15

30/10/15

13/11/15

20/11/15

Venue:

The program is held at the National Tennis Centre (Indoor Courts).  The National Tennis Centre is located within the Melbourne Park precinct, opposite AAMI Park Stadium, next to Hisense Arena.

Email Address:

info@blindsports.org.au

Contact Person and Telephone Number:

Susan Marshall, 9822 8876

Cost:

Unemployed/Concessional: $3 per session. Employed: $5 per session or $50 per year.

Other Information:

A meeting point has been arranged at Richmond Station for those who are travelling by train. Please contact Blind Sports & Recreation Victoria for further information.