Wheelchair Tennis | Working Hard, Dreaming Big
- 70.06% funded
- € 2,452.00 pledged
- 0 Days Left
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 World Wheelchair Tour with a rank of 191 in the world. This came about when I volunteered at London 2012 and it completely changed my life. It gave me the courage to follow my dream of reaching the top of wheelchair tennis.
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 Paralympic 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’m getting better and better, I work extremely hard 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 a little help!
I gave up full time work for the Irish Wheelchair Association as a graphic designer to follow my dream. I don’t get funded by any organisation so this makes it very hard to get to tournaments consistently. So now I need to ask for help. If you can help me in any way you can by sharing on social media, spreading the word, contacting anyone you know that might be interested in helping and donating if you can I’d appreciate it very much.
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