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Athens beckons for Forshaw
Around the Academy:

Kay Forshaw is gearing up for Athens
Tennis star Kay Forshaw on her Olympic preparations
Wheelchair tennis star Kay Forshaw took us through her preperations for the Athens Paralympics.




Wheelchair tennis is a fantastic sport. It's great exercise and there are so many opportunities to travel.

There's a large international network of players and I've been to tournaments all over the world.

But what I enjoy most about it is simply playing - hitting the ball and learning the game.

It's a great job and I love it, but it can get very intensive.

The past year has been all about qualifying for the Paralympics, and I've won a place in the ladies team along with Janet McMorran and Kimberly Blake.

Paralympic qualification means lots of tournaments in quick succession, which can be very tiring - both mentally and physically.

It can be hard to fit a break in around all that, but the sacrifice has been worth it.

My approach to the Paralympics will be the same as it would be for any other tournament.

You take any tournament, or phase of training, one stage at a time - you build yourself up to it; go and do it and then come home and build yourself up again. I look at the Paralympics as a part of that cycle.

I'm sure it will be an amazing experience and the prospect of being there is really exciting, but I will prepare for it in the same way I would for any other event.

And as for medals - I haven't thought that far ahead yet! It's obviously at the back of my mind, but there's no point thinking about it at this stage.




Forshaw's facts
Born: Shipston-on-stour, England
Plays: Right handed
Favourite surface: Hard
Hobbies: Socialising, relaxing, walking the dog


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