Blind and Vision Impaired Tennis for Adults
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.
Blind and Vision Impaired Tennis was 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
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 email@example.com
Term 1 (6 weeks)
9 February, 2018
16 February, 2018
23 February, 2018
2 March, 2018
16 March, 2018
23 March, 2018
Term 2 (6 weeks)
20 April 2018
27 April 2018
4 May, 2018
11 May, 2018
18 May, 2018
25 May, 2018
Term 3 (6 weeks)
17 August, 2018
24 August, 2018
31 August, 2018
7 September, 2018
14 September, 2018
21 September, 2018
Term 4 (6 weeks)
19 October, 2018
26 October, 2018
9 November, 2018
16 November, 2018
23 November, 2018
30 November, 2018
Blind and Vision Impaired Tennis for Juniors
BSRV, in partnership with VicHealth and Tennis Victoria are proud to continue the Junior Blind Tennis program in 2018. After the success of the pilot in 2017 all children aged 5 to 15, who are blind or vision impaired, are invited to join us on alternate Fridays during terms 2 and 3 from 5.30pm until 6.30pm.
Qualified, professional coaches and all equipment will be supplied. Free parking is provided for parents of participants.
Both adult and junior programs are 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.
Contact Person and Telephone Number:
Susan Marshall, 9822 8876
Adults: Unemployed/Concessional: $3 per session. Employed: $5 per session or $50 per year.
Juniors: $36 for terms 2 and 3
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.
International Blind Tennis for Adults
In 2017, Australia represented at the inaugural International Blind Tennis Tournament in Spain and the results are in!
WE ARE SO PROUD THAT AUSTRALIA BROUGHT HOME THE FAIR PLAY AWARD.
|CATEGORY||CHAMPION||RUNNER UP||3rd PLACE|
|B1 MALE||HIROFUMI ONO (JAPAN)||ALEX ZACARES (SPAIN)||TOSHIO OSHIRO (JAPAN)|
|B1 FEMALE||AYA UCHIDA (JAPAN)||DANIELA PIERRI (ITALY)||ANA ARENAS (MEXICO)|
|B2 MALE||XIMO GARCIA (SPAIN)||BYEONG SO (SOUTH KOREA)||MARCIN KROL (POLAND)|
|B2 FEMALE||CHIZUKO HARA (JAPAN)||BRENDA CASSELL (GREAT BRITAIN)||ADRIANA SANCHEZ (MEXICO)|
|B3 MALE||CHRIS BAILY (GREAT BRITAIN)||GRZEGORZ KURPINSKI (POLAND)||WILLEM ROODE (IRELAND)|
|B3 FEMALE||CHARLOTTE SCHWAGMEIER (GERMANY)||ALEJANDRA SANCHEZ (MEXICO)||ODETTE BATTAREL (FRANCE)|
- M.V.P.: TOSHIO OSHIRO (JAPAN)
- FAIR PLAY : AUSTRALIA
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To read the IBTA Classification Rules and Procedures click on this link: IBTA Classification Rules and Procedures for website