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Star tennis player bound for Brisbane to compete in INAS Global Games

A tennis player from Gedling will be flying the flag for Great Britain at next week’s INAS Global Games.

Anna McBride will be hoping for more international success when she flies over to Brisbane to take part in the world’s biggest high performance event for athletes with an intellectual impairment.

The 16 year-old, who won the mixed doubles and singles titles at the INAS World and European Championships in Paris last year, is part of the five-strong squad competing in the international competition which will see over 1,000 athletes from 75 countries compete in eight different sports including athletics, swimming and cycling.

Anna McBride will be hoping for more international success when she flies over to Brisbane to take part in the world’s biggest high performance event for athletes with an intellectual impairment.

The 16 year-old, who won the mixed doubles and singles titles at the INAS World and European Championships in Paris last year, is part of the five-strong squad competing in the international competition which will see over 1,000 athletes from 75 countries compete in eight different sports including athletics, swimming and cycling.

PICTURED: Anna with members of the GB team

Anna, who is the youngest member of the GB team – managed and selected by the LTA – plays and trains at the Lady Bay Tennis Club in West Bridgford. She is the current British Learning Disability under 18’s champion and also plays in mainstream tournaments.

She joined the rest of the squad this week to take part in a final training session at the National Tennis Centre in Roehampton before flying out to Brisbane where Great Britain, along with the host nation Australia are amongst the favourites for medals in the tennis events.

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Looking ahead to the Games, she said: “Hopefully I can carry on where I left off in Paris last year but the important thing is that we all support each other as a team and enjoy the experience together.

“The training has stepped up over the last few weeks and we’ve been doing a lot more match practice.

“It is an amazing feeling to represent Great Britain. It will be my first time in Australia so I’m really excited and looking forward to it.”

The LTA’s learning disability national coach Karen Ross said: “Anna like all our players has put in a huge amount of effort to get into the squad and get the chance to represent their country at the INAS Global Games in Brisbane.

“We’ve had some great success in the past few years and we’re excited about these Games. It would be great to come back with some medals but the most important thing is that it’s an enjoyable and positive experience for everyone on the team. Hopefully, we can help inspire more people to pick up a racket and get involved in one of the many disability tennis sessions supported by the LTA across the country.”

The INAS World Global Games will begin on October 12. For updates on how the British team get on follow the LTA on Twitter @the_LTA.

To find out more about the LTA’s work with disability tennis, visit www.lta.org.uk/play  or get in touch via disabilitytennis@lta.org.uk.

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