Sheffield’s Alex Jewitt delight at selection for London

Second Games: Alex Jewitt
Second Games: Alex Jewitt
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ALEX Jewitt has set his sights on medals after being selected for the Paralympics in London later this summer.

Jewitt, a wheelchair tennis player from Sheffield, has been confirmed to ParalympicsGB by the British Paralympic Association and will compete at Eton Manor at the Olympic Park in just over 70 days’ time.

He will be making his second Games appearance this summer: “I am so happy to know that I will be representing ParalympicsGB at London 2012. It’s a relief to know that all of the hard work and sacrifice has been worth it.

“I was injured after Beijing, so to complete my journey back to recovery and perform well in the 23 tournaments over the past 12 months to make the team is fantastic news.

“Whilst it’s been a rollercoaster at times, I love Wheelchair Tennis and my game has progressed to the point where I’m playing the best I’ve ever played.

“It’s a fast-paced sport, and the movement, interplay and tactics make it a great spectator sport. London 2012 is a fantastic opportunity for us to showcase Wheelchair Tennis.

“My expectations are different this time round. For Beijing, it was all about qualifying but in London I want to take things to the next level.”

Craig Hunter, Chef de Mission for ParalympicsGB, said: “Wheelchair Tennis, like its Olympic counterpart, has one of the most intense international competition circuits of any Paralympic sport and these players spend weeks at a time abroad, training and competing in order to get themselves into the best possible shape both physically and tactically.

“These players give up so much in their lives and sacrifice so much in order to dedicate themselves to their sport, and so it is a great honour to be able to reward all their hard work.”