Tennis player Chris Baily who is shortlisted for a disabled sports personality award.

Uckfield’s national tennis champion shortlisted for award

Chris Baily who won a National Visually Impaired Tennis title last month has been shortlisted for a sports personality of the year award.

Chris, from Uckfield, will have his efforts showcased at the Sussex Sports Awards which take place on Friday, November 17.

The awards are organised by Active Sussex which supports, promotes and develops sports and active lifestyles throughout Sussex.

Winners will be announced at a ceremony at The Grand Hotel, Brighton, where a special guest will be Invictus Games champion Mike Goody.

Chris started playing with Sound Tennis Club three years ago, having been diagnosed with a degenerative sight condition.

His tennis experience was an immediate boost to the club and he threw his energies into Sound Tennis competing successfully in regional and national tournaments.

In May Chris was selected to represent the UK in the inaugural international visually impaired tournament in Spain. He won the men’s B3 classification and became world champion and No 1 seed.

Chris serves as a member of the Sound Tennis Committee and has used his success to promote the game on a variety of media outlets. He is described as an excellent role model to people who receive a diagnosis of sight loss.

Sadie Mason MBE, Active Sussex chief executive said: “I am full of admiration for Chris for having turned his diagnosis into something positive.

“It’s truly amazing what sport can do and that’s what the Sussex Sports Awards are all about – celebrating people like Chris and ensuring his commitment and sheer drive are showcased throughout the night.

“I would like to congratulate him on his nomination and wish him the best of luck ahead of what promises to be another memorable Sussex Sports Awards.”

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