Sheffield’s Michelle in tennis title bid

tennisEB''Michelle Oglesby - wheelchair tennis player
tennisEB''Michelle Oglesby - wheelchair tennis player
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AN INSPIRATIONAL woman who lost the use of her legs after a horse-riding accident is competing in a wheelchair tennis championship.

Michelle Oglesby, aged 47, had to rebuild her life after breaking her back while she was eventing in June 1994.

But this weekend she hopes to take home a trophy from the National Wheelchair Tennis Championships in Gloucester.

Michelle, of Holmesfield, near Dronfield, said: “I never thought I’d be doing something like this.

“I was in a spinal injuries unit for six months, then it took another 18 months to start to get my life back.”

Despite her accident Michelle leads a more active life even than most able-bodied people.

She runs her own riding school in Holmesfield and works for the charity Riding for the Disabled.

She is also junior vice president of the Rotary Club of Drone Valley in Dronfield.