Disabled sports initiative to provide inclusive sessions

Loretta with her son Callum and daughter Madison SUS-140820-160509001
Loretta with her son Callum and daughter Madison SUS-140820-160509001

A new venture to encourage disabled people into sport will launch with a free taster day on Wednesday August 27.

Loretta Lock is concerned that disabled people are not given a platform to play competitive sport and has taken it upon herself by launching Defiant Sports, to provide low cost, inclusive sports sessions aimed at those with disabilities or challenges which male participation in sport difficult.

Loretta’s son Callum suffers from cerebral palsy and is a talented tennis player but due to a lack of provision he often finds himself playing against able bodied competitors.

While Callum invariably holds his own, there is nothing currently in place which means he can compete against others with similar difficulties. The LTA only offer competitive tennis for those with learning difficulties, the visually impaired, the hearing impaired, and wheelchair tennis but Loretta wants this to change

“We are launching on a local level and we are hoping it will catch on” Loretta said.

The venture will launch with next week’s tennis taster session at Meads Lawn Tennis, upper Carlisle Road. All abilities are welcome. To book a place call Loretta on 07887755856 or email loretta lock@msn.com