“It’s Only A Crazy Dream Until You Do It” – Serena Williams
As an inclusion consultant, I am lucky to be working with international architects at places such as Battersea Power Station, Microsoft London, Schroders and Transport for London.
In these busy times, with multiple means of communication, it is more important to be mindful of your own wellbeing. Away from the business I play tennis and compete in the National Wheelchair Tennis Series.
Recently, however, I have made some big decisions about moving my tennis forward and today have registered with the International Tennis Federation. So I am now eligible to compete overseas at a higher more challenging level than I currently play at.
This post is to thank people who have supported me on my wheelchair tennis journey that has now become an international expedition.
There are many barriers to disabled people participating in sport – not least the physical barriers that mean a wheelchair user cannot access the court. But there are also attitude barriers that screen out disabled people with the same impact or worse. For example, clubs and coaches not having an open mind about including disabled people in their activities.
Through my LinkedIn network, I want to reach out to those of you who design, build or manage sports venues and ask that you review (and where necessary update) your approach to welcoming disabled people at your organisation.
If welcoming disabled customers is something you would like to talk about, please chat on 07921 776361 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’m always happy to talk about inclusion and wheelchair tennis!