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Wheelchair tennis ace serves up top tips to schoolchildren

Published on 26/02/19

Children at Norwich Primary Academy had a ball as they netted a world-class tennis lesson from a double Paralympic medallist.

Norfolk-born wheelchair tennis champion Alfie Hewett visited the school on Monday, February 25 to train with children from Year 3, 4, and 5 and share the story of his inspiring career.

Alfie, 21, was born with a congenital heart defect and had open heart surgery when he was six months old. At the age of six he was diagnosed with Perthes disease, a rare condition affecting the hip.

He took up wheelchair tennis in 2005 and played his first tournament in 2008, becoming the Junior Masters singles and doubles champion by 2012.

In his Paralympic debut at the 2016 Rio Games Alfie brought home two silver medals, and in 2018 he took the Wimbledon wheelchair men’s doubles title for the third year running.

Talking to the Norwich Primary children about the barriers he’d had to overcome in his career, Alfie gave them an important message to remember: “Never give up on your dreams, no matter how hard it gets.”