Lucas – My Story
My name is Lucas – I am 12 years old and from Huddersfield. I have spastic Cerebral Palsy, which affects both of my legs and a degree of low tone in my trunk. I use a Kaye walker and wheelchair to get around and use my Quad sticks at home.
I love all aspects of taking part in sports. I play wheelchair tennis twice a week, wheelchair racing once a week, and play Frame Football fortnightly.
How it all began
I was introduced to Wheelchair Tennis by my Wheelchair club and I haven’t looked back since. I am part of a Junior Wheelchair tennis group and regularly attend competitions.
My first competition was at the 2017 British Open and I also took part in the 2018 competition and won the runners up doubles event with my doubles partner Joshua. I have won runners up medals in some competitions and was also picked to represent England in the School Games in 2018 in Loughborough, despite being only 11 at the time!
I have won Disabled Athlete of the Year in 2016 for Kirklees in Huddersfield. The Yorkshire Children of Courage Award in 2016 for Sporting Achievement and I have just won a Highly Commended Award at the Leeds Sports Awards, where I train for my wheelchair tennis and racing and I also train at Longley tennis centre once a week.
I would like to inspire other disabled children to take part in sports, it is fun and a brilliant way to do fun physio and also to make friends! My ambition is to be the best that I can be and would love to progress with my tennis and get to play in the Paralympics!