Michelle | August 9, 2023
Help Change Lives Through Sport! By supporting BC Wheelchair Sports you can make an impact in the lives of athletes with disabilities. Donations from generous people like you help support programs and initiatives that enable people with disabilities to get physically active and thrive in sport leading to improved fitness and confidence. Your support helps athletes like Lachlan, an emerging teenage Wheelchair Tennis talent who’s been improving his skills and forging strong social connections through participation in BCWSA’s Junior Tennis Programs for several years. This summer Lachlan will be taking a big step forward in his tennis journey by competing in multiple tournaments across BC and Canada!
“When I’m walking, there are certain things I can’t do but when I’m in a tennis chair, there’s nothing I can’t do, I just feel like I’m playing tennis, I can do anything anyone else can do on court.”
The 15-year-old was introduced to Tennis at our Junior Wheelchair Tennis Camp and joined our Surrey program soon after. Lachlan worked hard to develop his chair and tennis skills, showing continual improvement and being a joy to coach for those in the program. When BCWSA expanded the Jr. Wheelchair Tennis Program to Abbotsford, it gave him more opportunities to play tennis and be active closer to home.
“BC Wheelchair Sports has given Lachlan a ton of support, everything from coaching to clinics, to lessons. They’ve given him lots of opportunities. When they found out how far we were driving, they worked to get a program going closer to us and continue to give Lachlan opportunities to be active”-Lawrence, Lachlan’s Dad
Last year, Lachlan took his tennis game to a whole new level when he was invited to attend the ITF Junior Camp in Houston, Texas, alongside two other BC athletes and young talents from across the Americas. The camp allowed Lachlan to meet new friends, explore a different city and compete in his first but certainly not his last, tournament. After Houston, Lachlan competed in the Junior Division at the 2022 Birmingham National Wheelchair Tennis Championships, where he learned valuable lessons and found new goals.
“Competition and getting to meet new peopleare my favorite parts of tennis. Winning and losing. It’s always great to win, but when I lose, I come away with something to work on andimprove for the next time.”-Lachlan
This summer, Lachlan will be competing in BC’s two ITF tournaments for the first time! He’ll play at both the Vancouver International and Kamloops Legacy Wheelchair Tennis Tournaments and continue to improve his skills. He dreams of one day playing at a major wheelchair tennis tournament on a big stage!
None of these goals and dreams would be possible without the support of donors like you, whose generous support of BC Wheelchair Sports helps support and fund programs that allow athletes like Lachlan to chase their dreams and discover their potential.
“Wheelchair Sports make a big impact on people’s lives and provide an opportunity for them to participate on an equal playing field. It’s really cool to see what it’s done for Lachlan!- Lawrence