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York tennis team to take part in German National Games in Munich
8:51am Saturday 19th May 2012 in News
A TENNIS team from York are set to represent Great Britain in a major European tournament.
Cameron Long, 19, Laura Campbell, 21, Matthew Wreglesworth, 22, and Emma Lyndsey, 18, who all have learning difficulties, will travel to Munich later this month to take part in the German National Games for the Special Olympics organisation Angela Long, Cameron’s mother, said: “Great Britain were invited to enter two teams from a selected number of sports.
GB invited teams to put their names forward and of all the teams around Britain they chose a team from York tennis club and a team of bowlers from Surrey.
“This is a very exciting opportunity for these young people, having the chance to travel abroad as part of a team, experience a new place, foods, people and language – something that young people with learning disability rarely get to do.”
Team member Laura Campbell also took part in the European Games in Poland last year, and all four are members of the York Tennisability group, which meets at York Tennis Club in Clifton.
The team will take part in the opening ceremony as well as the games, which will be held at the Olympic Stadium in Munich, and will visit embassies, civic receptions and an English school while in Germany.
Angela said: “This is also a great thing for disability sport in York, emphasising the opportunities that are there for people with learning disabilities to be part of the greater community.”
The team travel to Munich from Manchester on Sunday, May 20.