- Name: Loretta Lock
- Company: Defiant Sports
- Category 1: Sport
- Category 2: Community Interest Companies
- Address: 32 Kingston Road , Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN22 9JB
- Telephone: 07887 755856
- Mobile: 07887 755856
- Email: email@example.com
- Website: www.defiantsports.org.uk
- Defiant Sports was formed after Callum Lock and his Mum Loretta began fighting to get him access to the world of sport to fulfil his passion for tennis. Affected by autism, cerebral palsy and impaired vision, Callum just wanted to play!
- A simple desire you might think? But Callum could not find a place where he would be allowed to indulge his passion. The more difficult he found it to find somewhere to play, the more frustrated, isolated and unhappy he became.
- Loretta decided that something had to be done to allow him to participate and become part of a team. Some clubs thought they were inclusive because they provided a ramp and suggested he play from a wheelchair (although he doesn't need one). Having cerebral palsy the muscles are cramped on one side of his body so he couldn't hold a tennis racket at the same time as driving a wheelchair. He could, however move around a court and hold a tennis racket.
- Eventually, Callum found "Tennis for the Visually Impaired" and he was off! He started playing with other people who had an impairment and his self-esteem soared. Happy and confident he began talking to people and found the whole experience life changing.
Callum is now National Doubles Champion and also Singles Champion in the B4 vision category.
- Visual Impairment Tennis is not right for everyone however so Loretta and Callum offer sport for everyone regardless of their individual impairment. No one left out, no one expected to fit in to what is already available.
- If you know anyone who Defiant Sports might be able to help, put them in touch with Managing Director Loretta Lock and they'll see what they can do.
- Being physically active is crucial to improving well-being and quality of life and so Defiant Sports work with the local community to break down barriers to participation.
- If you would like to volunteer, sponsor or take part, just call Loretta.
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"In 2015, Eastbourne UnLtd made Christmas for our town with over 50,000 people visiting the centre as a direct result of the activities managed and co-ordinated by the Chamber. One of the highlights was the Coca Cola truck which proved what a night time economy can look like."
Keith Ridley - Former Editor of Eastbourne Herald