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Wednesday, December 18, 2013
A Norfolk tennis star’s chances of success at the Rio De Janeiro Paralympics have been boosted with the gift of a new wheelchair.
Kind-hearted Rotarians rallied round 16-year-old Alfie Hewett, of Burnt House Road, Cantley, to buy him the new lightweight aluminium sports wheelchair.
It was the perfect Christmas present for the junior world number one wheelchair tennis player at the end of a successful international season.
Acle Academy student Alfie beamed from ear to ear as he received the gift at City College Norwich where he trains.
And Rotary International – which teamed up with the WheelPower Charity to buy the wheelchair – said it was delighted to help him.
Trevor Sayer, Rotary past district governor, said: “Alfie has achieved so much in his international career to date and we hope he will realise his dream to go on to represent Great Britain at the 2016 Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro.
“This is the first of a number of new sports wheelchair awards to be given to deserving young wheelchair athletes across East Anglia, made possible from funds raised from a Rotary project started in the last Olympic year.”
A total of £26,000 has been raised by Rotary clubs across East Anglia as part of a Paralympic legacy project started in July 2012 called the Wheelie Good Idea.
Rotary has worked in collaboration with WheelPower to ensure that each candidate receives the right wheelchair.
WheelPower, based at Stoke Mandeville where the Paralympics originated, specialises in helping disabled people into sport.
Alfie is currently ranked 22nd in the world men’s rankings.