Lucy Shuker, A Paralympic Perspective on Disability Sport
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Lucy Shuker, A Paralympic Perspective on Disability Sport

November 29, 2019


LUCY SHUKER On the 21st of July 2001. I basically broke
my back That moment would always, obviously change
my life. So as a disability sport to be alongside the likes of Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal. We’re competing in that second week of the
grand slams So it’s the quarter finals, the semis and
the finals. We’re there amongst that buzz. Andy Murray got to the final at Wimbledon
and won, We also had wheelchair tennis going on, on
the red button. But people don’t know it’s on the red
button. And you could see people walking past and
they would stop So the crowds around the wheelchair tennis just grew and grew and grew. To the point where they put us on Show Court 2 one year. So for wheelchair sport to be there and being
figured, it’s definitely getting better and better. It was amazing the opening ceremony for the
Paralympics. We had Pete Norfolk who was the guy that first
got me into wheelchair tennis. He was the flag-bearer. So for wheelchair tennis we were there. The first people into the stadium. The roar that flowed round was just phenomenal And it was something that will stay with me for the rest of my life. The legacy. Paralympic tennis was played at
Eton Manor. That was a purpose-built stadium for wheelchair
tennis. Because able-bodied, the Olympics was played
at Wimbledon. Grass court and … wheelchairs were there, but it’s not the best surface for us. We are a little bit slower on that surface. So they made an actual stadium for us. They took down that stadium and gave it to
hockey, which I’m really gutted about. But in terms of for me, disability sport is definitely getting better. The fact we’re at Wimbledon and the Grand
Slams. It’s that disability sport is always getting more and more presence in the media. But the fact that you don’t know it’s
on the TV and that you have to find it on the red button. It shows that there’s still a little bit of a lag behind where it should be. Like the others we live in a little bubble and so what we do in our sport isn’t necessarily what’s going on in the other sports. I know wheelchair tennis is definitely a professional
sport. We’re all training five, six hours a day, Five, six days a week. And we want to win
medals. And we want it to get better and better and I hope that Rio won’t let us down, because
London has just raised the bar massively as both a spectator side and an athlete’s
side.

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