The wheelchair tennis competition, which has been a staple in the School Games programme for some time now, is a fantastic opportunity for young para-athletes to compete and improve, opening up pathways into the elite level of the sport.

Wheelchair tennis star Louise Hunt is a School Games athlete mentor for our young athletes, and a role model to many of the School Games competitors; having been born with spina bifida, Louise has competed in para-sport for years, winning seven London Mini Wheelchair Marathons. Now an athlete mentor and motivational speaker, Louise previously competed in wheelchair tennis at both the 2012 and 2016 Paralympics, qualifying for Rio at her highest ever ranking of tenth in the world.

Predicting a bright future for the School Games’ wheelchair tennis competitors, she said:

“For me, the biggest benefit of the School Games is obviously that the athletes get to compete in a high level environment. But, there’s also all the other aspects of it; there’s education opportunities, there's social opportunities, chances to meet others from other sports. I think the benefits are endless, really.

“For me, this year is the best I've seen in terms of their level, especially with the wheelchair tennis players. Their level has improved so, so much. They really have excelled and I love it because, from year-to-year, I get to see quite a big step up… and this has definitely been the biggest one I've seen.

“It just shows how much potential we have in our country to grow our sport, to have more athletes in the UK and build on our development programme.

“So, yeah, having this amount of young people here at this level is so exciting and I can't wait to see us take over the world!”

Over the four-day competition, it was two Norwich athletes who excelled on court, taking home the singles’ golds. Ruby Bishop, 14, who won her girl’s singles final in a tense tie-break, also took home doubles silver.

13-year-old Ben Bartram entered the School Games  having won the singles and doubles at the Junior British Open in July, a feat that he repeated this weekend. Having narrowly beaten teammate Greg Slade in the singles final, Ben and Greg combined to score victory in the doubles.

See our video interview with Louise here.