GeeWizz’s star-studded tennis raffle for local Paralympic hopeful

GeeWizz’s star-studded tennis raffle for local Paralympic hopeful

With your support we are raising funds for a much-needed specialist sports wheelchair for tennis player and GeeWizz Ambassador, Ruby Bishop.

British wheelchair tennis player, and GeeWizz Ambassador Ruby Bishop, has recently been awarded a prestigious LTA Tennis Award, Young Person of the Year 2022. Ruby was nominated for her tremendous efforts in encouraging junior tennis players, having worked as an Assistant Coach at TennisAble, for children with physical or learning disabilities. Inclusive sports for young people are very important to Ruby, and we are proud at GeeWizz to be able to help make this a reality through our support of Suffolk LTA.

Diagnosed at two years old with cerebral palsy right-sided hemiplegia, Ruby has overcome many obstacles in her young life already, from undergoing multiple operations, suffering with chronic pain, and anxiety. In 2010 Ruby was introduced to wheelchair basketball, this fuelled her love of competition and Ruby played in the Junior League, Women’s League, and Nationals. It was just a few years ago that Ruby found Wheelchair Tennis and she’s been unstoppable ever since! Ruby’s first international appearance for Great Britain was in 2019, where she played in 6 countries, and gained a both a Junior and an Adult world ranking. Ruby is working towards her goal of competing in Grand Slam Tournaments and at the Paralympics.

Ruby has already achieved so much in her Tennis career, having broken into the top 100 and represented Team GB, all whilst studying at college! This year Ruby was part of the British Wheelchair World Team Cup squad in Portugal where she became Colour Holder number 319 after making her debut partnering Cornelia Oosthuizen in doubles. Ruby describes herself as determined and motivated, driven to prove people wrong! Sport has been a big part of her life, and Ruby wants to show young people that despite challenges they may face, with the right support, they can achieve whatever they set their minds to.

Ruby needs a new specialist sports wheelchair to help her achieve her dreams of competing in Grand Slams and the Paralympics. GeeWizz are proud to be supporting her goals by fundraising for her new specialist wheelchair with our ‘Game, Set & Match’ Raffle.

Ruby Bishop said “Having a made to measure wheelchair is really important to enable me to be better. This chair will really help me develop into the Women’s tennis tournaments, and hopefully one day reach the Paralympics. It’s what you need to be at the top of your game. Thanks to GeeWizz for all their support, I am proud to be an ambassador of GeeWizz Charity.”

A generous £5,000 donation from local Suffolk company, Sunskips, has part-funded the new specialist sports wheelchair for Ruby Bishop. SunSkips Managing Director Mat Stewart said: “GeeWizz does so much, and it is really inspiring to see the impact they make in our area, they identified Ruby’s need for a specialist wheelchair and set about raising the funds to change her life. SunSkips are proud to support GeeWizz and Ruby.” You can read more from SunSkips here.

Prizes were donated by some of the top names in tennis: a signed cap from British number 1 quad Andy Lapthorne; a signed Wilson racket from Dana Mathewson, American number 1, used at the Paralympics; a signed Dunlop racket and signed GB Tokyo 2020 Paralympic top from Jordanne Whiley MBE; and a signed shirt from the 2022 Billie Jean Cup team, Emma Raducanu, Harriet Dart, Katie Swan, Sonay Kartal and GB Captain Anne Keothavong!

“Having a made to measure wheelchair is really important to enable me to be better. This chair will really help me develop into the Women’s tennis tournaments, and hopefully one day reach the Paralympics. It’s what you need to be at the top of your game.

Ruby Bishop