Fifteen-year-old Paralympic hopeful, Abbie Breakwell, is going from strength to strength after winning the Rotary Young Citizen WheelPower Sports Award 2018.
Since receiving her Award at the Rotary in Britain and Ireland Conference in April, Abbie was been selected to represent Great Britain in the junior wheelchair tennis squad at the BNP Paribas World Team Cup in the Netherlands from May 28th to June 3rd.
This was a big achievement for what is wheelchair tennis’s equivalent of the Davis Cup and Federation Cup.
And then, in July, Abbie was crowned British Open Wheelchair Tennis Girl Junior Champion.
The British Open is the UK flagship wheelchair tennis tournament. She had ball-crewed all week for the professionals, before her own tournament started.
All this, and she has only been playing wheelchair tennis for just two years!
I’m just taking part in sports that I love and hope to encourage others with disabilities to just have a go.”
Now, Abbie’s dream is to represent Team GB at the Paralympics and to play at Wimbledon.
Abbie is also celebrating a second year as President of her Interact Club of Long Eaton where she has been a member for four years.
Abbie sees sport as a way to channel her energy and frequently encourages others to join in, knowing the positive benefits.
Long Eaton Rotary spotted her exceptional activities and put her forward for the Award.
Abbie said: “I’m just taking part in sports that I love and hope to encourage others with disabilities to just have a go. Give it a try as it could change your life like it has mine.”