Nottingham based disability sports charity, Cerebral Palsy Sport, have announced Wheelchair Tennis star, James Shaw, as a new Sporting Ambassador for the organisation.
James, who is from Ruddington, Nottingham, agreed to take on the role in February after getting in touch with the charity seeking out ways to enhance his performance and training. His love affair with tennis started at a young age, after trying several different sports at the age of seven, James discovered his love for tennis and began attending regular wheelchair tennis sessions at the Nottingham Tennis Centre.
He will be joining Paralympians Stephen Miller, Sam Ruddock and former CP Footballer Leon Taylor, among others, all of whom are current ambassadors for CP Sport. The ambassador programme aims to raise awareness of the opportunities within sport for people with cerebral palsy and other physical disabilities and to provide positive role models to inspire more young people to get involved.
James was only classified into the sport’s quad division a few years ago, which was when he was fast tracked onto the Tennis Foundation’s Performance Development pathway and he is now aiming to compete in the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.
A key part of the work James wants to do as ambassador for CP Sport is to raise awareness of classification to coaches at all levels within tennis so that others like him will get the opportunities he almost missed out on.
James said; “It’s great to be joining Cerebral Palsy Sport as an ambassador so I can try and make it easier for people with CP to get into sport and make sure they know about different classifications within sport so they can compete and challenge themselves to take sport as far as they want to go with it by levelling the playing field as best as possible.”
Cerebral Palsy Sport is delighted to have James on board as an ambassador, and is looking forward to working with him as he progresses in his sporting career.