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Confidence through connections
Airport West resident, Chris Cypreou has been playing blind tennis for nine years and hopes to one day compete in the Paralympics.
Losing most of his sight in 1999 due to a complication from a chronic illness has not stopped Chris from pursuing his dreams. But one thing sets him apart from his Greek-Australian counterparts, Kokkinakis and Kyrgios - Chris is blind.
Forced to quit Aussie Rules Football after his illness, Chris says he became so withdrawn at one stage he feared leaving the house on his own.
However, after discovering blind tennis he says his confidence returned and so did his desire of becoming a professional sportsman.
Chris is thrilled that he will be competing at the 3rd International Blind Tennis Tournament which is being held in Spain in June 2019, along with three other Victorians, three South Australians and a support team.
‘I’m so excited to be able to represent my country in blind tennis. It really is a wonderful sport and I look forward to meeting the other tennis players who will be competing from all around the world,’ Chris concluded.
Heading out most weekends, Annette and BSRV volunteer Andrew are sharing their joy of riding as they explore their local area.
Since losing his sight, Paul has faced challenges head on and believes that anything is possible.
“I thought of Sandi as my grandmother and a dear friend.” Ghazala.
Proving there are many opportunities for people with vision impairment and inspiring others to work towards their dream.