Paralympian Lucy Shuker gives Taunton fire-fighters a rinsing
By abbie_taunton | Wednesday, December 12, 2012, 09:12
Lucy Shuker, British Wheelchair Tennis Paralympian, put Taunton's Green Watch Fire-fighters through their paces yesterday afternoon.
Lucy Shuker with Somerset's Blue Watch fire service team
Fire fighters attempted many of the wheelchair tennis drills Lucy does daily
Lucy Shuker at Blackbrook Tennis Centre
Currently ranked the number one Wheelchair Tennis Player in Britain, Lucy recently reached the finals of Wimbledon's 2012 Wheelchair Tennis Tournament and the quarter-finals in the Paralympic games.
Lucy, who was paralysed from the chest down in a motorcycle accident in 2001, gave the Taunton fire-fighters a chance to step into her shoes and learn about the training regularly does at Blackbrook Sports Pavilion.
First, the Green Watch team attempted to master fast paced wheelchair control whilst handling a racket. After they were semi-comfortable with this, Lucy took them on giving them a real rinsing.
One member of the Green Watch team said: "The strength in her upper body is incredible, it isn't any wonder she's ranked 13th in the world.
"I've played a bit of tennis and I couldn't beat her with all my limbs intact, let alone in a wheelchair."
Lucy, who trains regularly at the Blackbrook Tennis Centre, said: "The idea of this was to see these very fit and capable men and women get into a wheelchair and try the fitness drills I have to do on a regular basis
She added: "The team, they are all such great people and they supported me throughout the Paralympic games.
"It's great fun and quite interesting to see people this fit and capable attempting what I do on a daily basis."
Earlier in the day the Devon and Somerset Fire Service visited Lucy's home near Taunton to install fire alarms and give her a fire safety talk.