Marguerite Quinn, who is representing Ireland in the World Blind Tennis Championships this August, appeared on the Ireland AM programme this morning, on Virgin Media One.

Ballybrown / Clarina Community Council, are delighted to support local resident Marguerite Quinn who is representing Ireland in the World Blind Tennis Championships this Summer.

Taking place from 18-27 August 2023 at the University of Birmingham, the tennis world championships are a part of the International Blind Sports Association World Games which will include ten sports with 1250 athletes from over 70 countries.  This will be the first time that tennis will be included in these Games which take place every four years according to Tennis Ireland.

Blind/vision impaired tennis is played on a smaller court, with lower nets and using an audible ball so players can hear it bounce and being hit. The audible ball has a bell inside it. Tactile lines are used to enable players with no sight to locate the lines and their position on the court.. Depending on the player’s sight level they can have up to three bounces of the ball before they must return it back to their opponent.

Marguerite plays for Killaloe Ballina Tennis Club, and has already had previous success in the last year where she came third on the podium in the Women’s B2 Category at the International Blind Tennis Tournament in Gdańsk, Poland which took place in September 2022.

In support of Marguerite, the Community Resource Centre has been draped in the Irish colours, kindly donated by Cllr, Dan MacSweeney.

On behalf of all the Ballybrown/Clarina Community Council, we would like to wish Marguerite all the best in the competition.