Success at Paralympics for Tavs ambassadors
It was a medal winning weekend for the Lord’s Taverners ambassadors at the Paralympics with Alfie Hewett, Jordanne Whiley and the men’s wheelchair basketball squad all enjoying time on the podium in Rio.
Wheelchair tennis star Hewett, just 18, claimed silver in the men’s doubles with partner Gordon Reid and then the duo faced each other in the final of the singles only for Reid to win the match in straight sets.
“I tried to forget who I was playing but Gordon played a really smart game and he was in control,” said Hewett. “I do hate losing but he’s a top tennis player and a top bloke and I’ve loved every bit of playing in the doubles with him, as well as being part of the team. We were chilling out together before the match and it wasn’t awkward at all.
“I may be young but I’ve been training so hard for the past two years now and my family have been amazing supporting me and backing me all the way to achieve my dreams. I have no regrets and I honestly can’t wait for Tokyo already!”
Whiley picked up a bronze as she and doubles partner Lucy Shuker beat Yui Kamiji and Miho Nijo of Japan to retain the medal they won in London 2012.
The men’s wheelchair basketball team avenged their disappointed of London 2012 to claim bronze, but it wasn’t without drama as they needed overtime to beat Turkey 82-76 to take the bronze.
Whiley, Hewett and members of both the men’s and women’s wheelchair basketball squads have all benefited from equipment and the support of the Lord’s Taverners throughout their careers.