Congratulations to Brian Lenehan from Lurgan who has burst onto the blind tennis scene in the past 18 months. With a Silver at the Worlds already under his belt, Brian has now beaten the current world number one B2 Blind Tennis Player and defending National Champion James Currie at the UK National Championships to secure Gold.
Brian got involved in Blind Tennis through Disability Sport NI's Active Clubs Programme funded through the National Lottery Fund and Sport NI.
In a show of steely determination Brian said,
"I went in with a game plan and I stuck to it from the first ball. I am delighted to take the National B2 title. It was great medalling at the worlds but part of me still thought I missed an opportunity there, so as soon as I got home I focused on the GB Nationals.
"My training began right away in preparation for Nationals and luckily everything went to plan and I came home with the title. It's been a great year on court personally with a worlds Silver and now a National Championships. Also to be able to bring such a prestigious title to Ulster along with securing 'Runner Up' in this year's National Lottery Good Causes Awards is fantastic for raising the profile of this relatively new sport in Northern Ireland.
"Next for me on court is to aim for Gold at the World Championships next year, and I believe that this win has given me the confidence to do so.
"I would like to say a special thanks to Simon McFarland from Ulster VI Tennis, Jane Mounsey from CIYMS Tennis Club and Judith Cooper at Disability Sport NI for all of their support and training throughout the past 18 months."