07/11/2017

Youth charity, OPEN Youth Trust (OPEN) which provides activities that help young people in Norfolk raise their aspirations is pleased to announce that British wheelchair tennis player Alfie Hewett, will be joining them as a young ambassador.

Last year saw Alfie Hewett win silver medals in both singles and doubles at the Rio Olympics.  Earlier this year, the 19 year-old from Cantley won his first Grand Slam in singles at the French Open and retained his title as wheelchair men’s doubles champion at the Wimbledon Championships.  He is currently now ranked 3 in the world in singles and 4 in doubles. 

As ambassador, Alfie will be helping to spread the word about the charity’s work whilst sharing his experiences of getting to the top of his game with young people who attend OPEN.  Alfie’s mental strength and determination is a great example of how hard work and belief in yourself helps you reach your goals and will help to reinforce OPEN’s mission to give young people the life skills and confidence to find their way into the world of work.  

Talking of his appointment as an ambassador for OPEN, Alfie said: “I was thrilled to be asked to be an ambassador for OPEN and can’t wait to start spreading the word about their work and sharing my experience with young people living in my home city”.

John Gordon-Saker, Chief Executive of OPEN said: “I’m delighted that Alfie has agreed to become one of our young ambassadors, joining fellow young sports people Victoria Williamson and Sophie Wright in telling our compelling story.  It was clear that as a guest panelist alongside Grant Holt during the recent game show, “Never Mind the Danger”, that Alfie is a confident and very popular local hero who will be an inspiration to other young people of his age, but in return we hope we can help him stay at the top of his game by giving him a platform to find much needed funding.”

Photo caption:  Alfie Hewett with OPEN's CEO John Gordon-Saker 
Photo credit:
Steve Adams

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