Tennis star passes on to tips to Hempnall, Shelton and Hardwick pupils

Norfolk wheelchair tennis player Alfie Hewett visits Hempnall Primary school.PHOTO: Nick Butcher

Norfolk wheelchair tennis player Alfie Hewett visits Hempnall Primary school.PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

A sporting Paralympian star has passed on his best tips on how to reach the top during an inspirational visit to a Norfolk village school.

Norfolk wheelchair tennis player Alfie Hewett visits Hempnall Primary school.PHOTO: Nick Butcher

Norfolk wheelchair tennis player Alfie Hewett visits Hempnall Primary school.PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

Wheelchair tennis player Alfie Hewett was the centre of attention at Hempnall Primary School as he showed off his skills and spoke of the dedication needed to compete at the highest level.

During his visit to the south Norfolk school, Mr Hewett, 18 and from Cantley, also showed off his two silver Paralympic medals he won in Rio.

Norfolk wheelchair tennis player Alfie Hewett visits Hempnall Primary school.Youngsters enjoying the

Norfolk wheelchair tennis player Alfie Hewett visits Hempnall Primary school.Youngsters enjoying the tennis demonstration by Alfie.PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

The visit, which also involved pupils from Shelton with Hardwick Community School, was organised by deputy headteacher Ian Small after pupils had written to Mr Hewett as part of a sporting project which looked at athletes who had battled adversity.

Mr Hewett also took part in a tennis match with teacher Russell Cole, who struggled to return his serves.

Norfolk wheelchair tennis player Alfie Hewett visits Hempnall Primary school.PHOTO: Nick Butcher

Norfolk wheelchair tennis player Alfie Hewett visits Hempnall Primary school.PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher


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Pupils also quizzed the star on the secrets of his success and his career.

Mr Hewett also talked about how he was diagnosed with Perthes disease in his left hip at the age of six, which left him using a wheelchair.

Norfolk wheelchair tennis player Alfie Hewett visits Hempnall Primary school.Youngsters enjoying the

Norfolk wheelchair tennis player Alfie Hewett visits Hempnall Primary school.Youngsters enjoying the tennis demonstration by Alfie.PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

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The visit also saw pupils inspired to take up tennis.

Mr Cole said: 'They wanted to know about playing tennis and how to get started. Questions like that show they are keen to take up another sport. It was a very inclusive experience for everyone at the school.'

Norfolk wheelchair tennis player Alfie Hewett visits Hempnall Primary school.Youngsters enjoying the

Norfolk wheelchair tennis player Alfie Hewett visits Hempnall Primary school.Youngsters enjoying the tennis demonstration by Alfie.PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

Mr Hewett, who is ranked at eight in the world men's singles rankings, fourth in the world men's doubles rankings and ranked second in Great Britain, will be competing in the 2016 NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters from the end of the month.

The young athlete has also been nominated in the outstanding sporting achievement of the year category of the EDP's Stars of Norfolk and Waveney Awards, which will be announced on Thursday, December 8.

Norfolk wheelchair tennis player Alfie Hewett visits Hempnall Primary school.PHOTO: Nick Butcher

Norfolk wheelchair tennis player Alfie Hewett visits Hempnall Primary school.PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

Norfolk wheelchair tennis player Alfie Hewett visits Hempnall Primary school.PHOTO: Nick Butcher

Norfolk wheelchair tennis player Alfie Hewett visits Hempnall Primary school.PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

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