No you haven’t read the title wrong, British hopes at Wimbledon did not crash out with Andy Murray. In fact British talent was very much in evidence in the Wheelchair Tennis as Jordanne Whiley become the first British woman to lift the wheelchair tennis trophy at Wimbledon as she secured the doubles title with her Japanese partner Yui Kamiji. The pairing beat the defending champions 2-6, 6-2, 7-5, taking the title away from the Netherlands for the first time in the Championships 6 year history.
Also in action over the weekend were the partnership of GB’s Gordon Reid and Tom Egberink who despite a storming first set lost out to the number one seeds Houdet and Kunieda in the semi finals (1-6, 6-4, 6-2).
Last week a group of 2nd Year Bio-engineering students had the opportunity to take their projects down to the National Sports Centre in Bisham (near Marlow) to demonstrate them to World Championship winning GB Para-Rowers, Pam Relph and James Fox. The trip also coincided with a visit from the Minister for Sport, Helen Grant, who was on site to open the new accommodation facilities at Bisham.
The projects were well received by the athletes, and their were constructive suggestions for improvements in their next design iteration.
We look forward to running more projects in the future with the GB Para-Rowing team and developing the current projects further in preparation for the Paralympic Games in Rio 2016.