We wanted to thank Marci McLean, the BC High School Tennis Commissioner for helping to make policy changes that allow for wheelchair tennis athletes to play alongside their able-bodied counterparts in their high school tennis programs.
Last year, a 14 year old Tomas Bourassa defeated numerous adults to win the 2014 Burnaby Open. He became the first wheelchair tennis athlete to play for his high school club. He regularly faces international competition, competing against athletes that have played for their high school clubs for years. These policy changes will help Tomas and athletes across the province practice and compete at the international stage.
Marci was generous enough to donate her time to meet wheelchair tennis athletes and their parents at the UBC Tennis Centre on March 7th at a junior wheelchair tennis session. Along with Brenda Chinn of BC High School Sports, she has helped pave the way for wheelchair athletes in the province.
We’re excited and hope to see more wheelchair athletes playing for their high school teams. Any students who are interested in playing for their high school club, or have any questions about how to get involved, can contact Holly Tawse at holly@bcwheelchairsports (604-333-3520, ext. 204) for more information.