PLY Former elite British wheelchair tennis player Louise Hunt Skelley PLY has become a mentor for the youth charity, the Tim Henman Foundation.
The Foundation works across the UK to transform the lives of vulnerable and disadvantaged young people by improving mental and physical health by creating sporting and educational opportunities.
Louise, who lives in Wroughton, enjoyed a successful global playing career and is one of Wiltshire’s most successful paralympic athletes. This will be her first time mentoring within the charity.
She said, “I am excited to be part of this organisation. I have followed the charity’s work over the years, so was delighted to discover there may be a role for me. I already have several schools waiting for a visit.
“One of my favourite things I do as a part of my career is to meet young people, talk about my journey and experiences, with the hope it will inspire them to realise the potential they have if they are willing to put the hard work in.
“I was lucky enough when I was younger to meet other people, who like myself have a disability and were achieving great things. It was seeing those people which made me realise what was possible. I hope that through the mentoring and sessions I deliver for the Tim Henman Foundation I can offer to others what was offered to me.”
James Feaver, CEO of the Tim Henman Foundation said, “We are extremely happy to be working with Louise as a mentor, because she has a unique story and has overcome profound struggles to achieve success. She is exactly the type of role model that young people need. We hope to continue a long-lasting relationship with Louise!”
The Tim Henman Foundation facilitates mentorship provision alongside the delivery of programs to give the young people they support the positive guidance that they need.
James explained, “Unfortunately, 15% of young people claim they don’t have any role models at all, rising to 21% for those from poorer backgrounds. Targeting programs in areas of deprivation and providing mentors means we can guide youngsters in a positive direction.”
Louise represented Great Britain at both the London and Rio Paralympics and has won 13 senior singles and 41 senior doubles titles, with a career-high world ranking of 10.
Pictured above: Louise Hunt Skelley PLY