Wheelchair Tennis | Working Hard, Dreaming Big
Hi my name is Garreth Greene and I’m a wheelchair tennis athlete. Thank you for taking the time to look at my page!
I’m Irish number 1 and I compete on the UNIQLO World Wheelchair Tour with a rank of 223 in the world. There are 172 events on this tour every year.
I have the potential to become the highest ranked Irish tennis player in history (wheelchair or able-bodied). My dream of qualifying for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games will also make me the first Irish wheelchair tennis player EVER to qualify for Paralympic Games and this is where I need your help!
I work for the Irish Wheelchair Association as a graphic designer. After rent, food and bills, very little is left for coaching, equipment, court fees, flights & accommodation. If I continue on the same path I definitely won’t make my dream come true
I’m getting better and better each week and I work really hard. I’ve played some top players and I know I can make it. To make my goal a reality I need to get to at least two tournaments a month to build my rank, get match tough and reach my qualifying standard. I’m not lacking talent or ability, I just need support to reach the top of wheelchair tennis.
More about me
I was born with a disability and use a wheelchair full-time. I’ve always been an active in sports since a very early age in swimming, athletics and wheelchair basketball. I started playing wheelchair tennis 9 years ago and was hooked immediately.
In 2012 I volunteered for Paralympics Ireland at the London Paralympic Games and this changed my life completely. Being involved in an event of this magnitude and seeing athletes compete at such a high level and trying so hard gave me the courage to finally take the path I’d always dreamed of.
I was both scared of failing and scared of succeeding before, but something had changed in me when I got home from London. I decided fears weren’t going to define what I wanted to do and when I made the decision, things just came together and I found myself on this amazing journey.
I’m reaching out now hoping you and others can help me make this a reality. Any contributions would be very greatly appreciated. Please also share with your friends and anyone you think could help.
Thank you for your time