Success Story: Thomas Venos

After sustaining a spinal cord injury at 16 years of age, Thomas Venos wasted no time in getting involved in wheelchair sports through our Bridging the Gap program. While still undergoing rehabilitation at GF Strong, he entered the 2015 Vancouver International Wheelchair Tennis Tournament.

One year later, Thomas is a thriving wheelchair tennis and wheelchair basketball athlete. After only six months of experience, Thomas won both the men’s C singles and doubles at the ITF3 Indian Wells Wheelchair Tennis Tournament in California. He then formed a doubles team with fellow junior Tomas Bourassa to compete at an ITF1 tournament.

This summer, Thomas has kept improving. He was one of five Canadian juniors to attend the ITF Junior Wheelchair Tennis Camp in Mission Viejo, California and he even reached the semi-finals of the junior division in the 2016 Vancouver International Wheelchair Tennis Tournament. Just a year post-injury, Thomas is currently ranked #31 on the Junior ITF World Rankings. We can expect big things from this young athlete.