Tennis

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 info@blindsports.org.au

 

Upcoming Dates

 

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

2 November, 2018

16 November, 2018

23 November, 2018

30 November, 2018

 

Blind and Vision Impaired Tennis for Juniors

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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 term 1 from 5.30pm until 6.30pm.

16 February 2018

2 March 2018

16 March 2018

Qualified, professional coaches and all equipment will be supplied.  Free parking is provided for parents of participants.

 

Venue:

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.

 

Email Address:

info@blindsports.org.au

 

Contact Person and Telephone Number:

Susan Marshall, 9822 8876

 

Cost:

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

Juniors: $36 per season

 

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.

 

International Blind Tennis for Adults

Team Photo Opening Ceremony      Team Photo

 

 

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.

 FINAL RESULTS

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

 

To listen to the IBTA Classification Rules and Procedures CLICK HERE.

To read the IBTA Classification Rules and Procedures click on this link:  IBTA Classification Rules and Procedures for website