Local champ teaches kids wheelchair tennis

Local champ teaches kids wheelchair tennis

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by Art Edwards, KGW Staff

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Posted on June 10, 2014 at 5:31 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jun 10 at 5:31 AM

BEAVERTON, Ore--Some local kids got the chance of a lifetime over the weekend.

They took part in a wheelchair tennis clinic at the Tualatin Hills Tennis Center and the number one quad wheelchair tennis player in the world helped out.

David Wagner was introduced to the game in 1999 at the Tualatin Hills Tennis Center.

"I came down, checked it out and fell in love with the sport. Couldn't get enough, just absolutely loved wheelchair tennis." Wagner said during a break in the clinic.

His love of the game is now his life. He trains full-time in California but still has family here.

Wagner has won six medals, three of them gold in the Paralympics. He said he's thrilled to give back and help some youngsters learn the game.

"It's just a way to open people's eyes. To let them know they can do things and good things can come from that every time."

Wagner will compete in Europe most of this summer, before coming home for the U.S. Open in August. He's also working towards the 2016 Paralympics in Rio.

If you'd like to learn more about wheelchair tennis you can visit the Northwest Wheelchair Tennis Association website.

 

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