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Meeting the Olympians

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

MP for Sheffield Heeley Meg Munn recently met Olympic medal winners John and Sheila Sherwood. The meeting was part of the visit by Sports Minister Gerry Sutcliffe to The Win Tennis Academy programme at Graves Tennis & Leisure Centre where the Sherwood’s are extremely active.


Shelia was born in Sheffield and was an international long jumper whose career highlights include a silver medal at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico and a gold medal at the 1970 British Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh.


John, born in North Yorkshire, won bronze at the Olympics games in Mexico for the 400 metre hurdles. The Sherwood’s spoke about their personal experiences and about how important the regeneration of Graves Tennis centre will be.


Graves Tennis centre hosts 6 indoor and 12 outdoor courts and a fully equipped fitness suite. Meg and Gerry visited whilst the centre was hosting its biggest tournament; the LTA $10,000 Men’s international tournament.


Meg and Gerry were met by Chief Executive of Win Tennis, Mike Walker and Head of Business Development in Culture at Sheffield City Council, David McPherson who have been working together in bringing the re-development project to fruition.  


Win Tennis is aiming to transform the site into a world class tennis and leisure facility; a re-development which will provide a high performance destination in the north of England to complement the academy they already have at Bisham Abbey.


Meg said:


“I am delighted that Gerry visited the Graves Tennis and Leisure Centre. Win Tennis have big plans for the site and it was great to have a tour with Mike Walker.


“In the past young tennis players have faced issues of homesickness and loneliness whilst having to live away from home whilst focusing on their chosen sport. It will be fantastic when the renovations are complete and we will have a centre of excellence for the north, right here in Sheffield.


“I hope Gerry will be able to visit when the renovations are complete.”


Chief Executive of Win Tennis, Mike Walker said:


“Win Tennis is very excited about their project at the Graves Tennis & Leisure Centre. The new development will offer a brand new community based swimming pool and leisure facility, along side a high performance tennis academy for aspiring young tennis players. We are already operating an academy programme at the centre which aims to achieve LTA High Performance Centre status.


I am personally delighted that Gerry Sutcliffe & Meg Munn are supportive of our project and what we are trying to achieve at Win Tennis at the Graves Tennis Centre and also at our other venues throughout the country.”


Associated Photograph :

Meg pictured with (left to right): Mike Walker, Sports Minister Gerry Sutcliffe MP, John and Sheila Sherwood.

Meg pictured with (left to right): Mike Walker, Sports Minister Gerry Sutcliffe MP, John and Sheila Sherwood.

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