Double Paralympic champion Peter Norfolk calls time on full-time playing career
10 months ago
After 12 years of international competition, Peter Norfolk OBE has today announced he will no longer be competing full-time on the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour.
The double Paralympic Quad Singles champion will concentrate on growing his business, Equipment for the Physically Challenged (EPC), as well as spending more time with his wife Linda and two young children.
Peter has enjoyed an extremely successful career to date and may still compete at some international tournaments, including the British Open Wheelchair Tennis Championships in Nottingham in July.
"I haven't had a break from the Tour for 12 years and I feel it is time to dedicate some of my time to other areas of my life," said Peter.
"I have enjoyed some incredible moments in my career and I want to thank everyone who has been a part of that, especially those who have given up their time and efforts to help me get to the top.
"I have enjoyed some incredible moments in my career and I want to thank everyone who has been a part of that."Peter Norfolk OBE
"I look forward to staying involved with the Tennis Foundation and I hope I can inspire more disabled people in this country to take up tennis, as it's such a brilliant and fun sport to play."
"I hope I can inspire more disabled people in this country to take up Tennis, as it's such a brilliant and fun sport to play."Peter Norfolk OBE
Tim Hollingsworth, Chief Executive of the BPA, said: “On behalf of everyone at the British Paralympic Association we would like to offer Peter our congratulations for everything he has achieved and our best wishes on his retirement from international competition. A three time Paralympian, the ‘Quadfather’ is hugely respected by his peers, as his receiving the overwhelming majority of votes from fellow team members to be the flagbearer for ParalympicsGB at the London 2012 Opening Ceremony showed. We hope that he continues his involvement in disability sport at all levels and wish him well for the future.”
"We hope that he continues his involvement in disability sport at all levels and wish him well for the future.”Tim Hollingsworth
Although leaving the Tennis Foundation’s Performance Programme, Peter will remain closely involved with the Foundation offering support to players on the programme as well as inspiring new players to take up the sport at camps and open days.
He is helping to run new Wheelchair Tennis sessions at Kingsley Tennis Centre in Hampshire which are for anyone to try out the sport on Wednesday and Friday afternoons between 1pm and 4pm.