Aspiring Paralympian Ruben Harris gets sponsorship boost from Redrow
Twelve-year-old Ruben Harris, who has spent his life in and out of hospital, has been the beneficiary of a £500 sponsorship from local housebuilder Redrow to help fund his wheelchair tennis training.
Kent-based Ruben was born with congenital talipes equinovarus, also known as clubfeet, and has recently had both feet removed, following painful attempts to adjust the position of his feet.
Thanks to Redrow’s sponsorship, Ruben will be able to continue his hard work and important training with the aim of achieving his goal of competing in the 2020 School Games event, as one of four boys chosen to represent Team GB in wheelchair tennis.
Ruben’s passion for wheelchair tennis started when Ruben wanted to join clubs and play sports like other children but was set back by his disability. Ruben and his parents explored wheelchair sports clubs and in January 2018, discovered he excelled at wheelchair tennis.
The committed young athlete trains for between four and five hours a week, with the sport giving Ruben the space to mentally and physically recover from his operations. Ruben currently trains at the National Tennis Centre, where he is inspired by role models such as Paralympian Alfie Hewitt.
Leon Shelton-Smith, Area Sales Manager at Redrow South East, commented: “We are delighted to be sponsoring such an inspiring young athlete. It is great to be given the opportunity to help Ruben achieve his goals, which are incredibly admirable. We wish Ruben the best of luck for his journey to the 2020 School Games and will watch out for him on our TVs in the future!”
Taking place in 2020, the School Games is a four-day multi-sport event for the UK’s best athletes at school age. The event encourages more young people to take part in sport and is hosted at Loughborough University.
Through reinforcing the atmosphere of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, such as an Opening Ceremony and Athletes Village, the event aims to inspire young individuals. The School Games is the ideal step for budding athletes, as 15% of Team GB at Rio 2016 participated in the School Games.
Ruben has a Just Giving page to help fund his journey to the 2020 School Games.
* Redrow is currently delivering new homes across thirteen developments in Kent, from The Parsonage in Marden to Sunningdale Green in Herne Bay.
‘I was in shock and I was shaken by the whole thing,’ says Novak Djokovic about US Open default
Djokovic was disqualified from the US Open.
‘I achieved a life goal,’ says US Open winner Dominic Thiem after lifting his maiden Grand Slam
Dominic Thiem is a Grand Slam champion.
US Open day 14: An exhausted Dominic Thiem, Jordanne Whiley’s home support, 2020 roll of honour
The story of the final day of action at Flushing Meadows.
Alexander Zverev: ‘I do believe that I will be a Grand Slam champion at some point’
Alexander Zverev confident his chance will come.
WATCH: ‘One day we are going to lift that trophy together,’ says Alexander Zverev in emotional US Open speech
Alexander Zverev got emotional after the US Open final.
Epic US Open final gives us a glimpse into into life after the Big Three and it was glorious to behold
Tennis fans get a snapshot of life after Big Three.
Dominic Thiem joins Grand Slam winner’s circle as he overcomes nerves and fatigue to win US Open
Dominic Thiem joins the Grand Slam champions party.
Arthur Ashe would have been proud of Naomi Osaka, says US Open tournament director Stacey Allaster
Osaka defeated Azarenka to win her third Grand Slam.
US Open glory for British wheelchair trio Alfie Hewett, Gordon Reid and Andy Lapthorne
More US Open silverware for Hewett, Reid and Lapthorne.