December 13 - British London 2012 Paralympian Louise Hunt and United States coach Dan James have travelled to Ghana to help develop the sport of wheelchair tennis in the African nation as part of a Johan Cruyff Foundation project.
James, who was head coach for the US men's wheelchair tennis team at Sydney 2000, Athens 2004, Beijing 2008 and London 2012, explained that he and Hunt were hoping to develop the talents in Ghana so that they would be prepared for international competition leading to the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.
He said he was impressed by the enthusiasm on display by those who participated in the project and was delighted by the number of young people taking part in the sport throughout the country.
During their visit to Ghana, Hunt and James noted the commitment of a vast number of disabled youths, who wanted to achieve something better in life through sport and urged the Government and private organisations to aid them this in this goal.
Ghana's national wheelchair tennis coordinator, Henry Larbi, described the programme as a success as he highlighted the huge interest shown as the workshops toured cities, such as Sunyani and Kumasi, before arriving in the capital, Accra.
He also appealed to private institutions to help fund the development of the sport in the country, emphasising the difference just small amounts can make to the lives of those wishing to participate.
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