This Blind Tennis Team Is So Kickass, Nothing's Stopping Them From Dominating The Court!
Earlier this year, Hock Bee, a Singaporean tennis player had the chance to play with Spain's Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario, a former world No.1 and multiple Grand Slam winner, in an exhibition match.
In case, you're wondering what's the big deal? Hock's blind.
Although Hock Bee had the chance to spar with some of tennis' greatest, his wish is for blind tennis to be introduced in the Paralympics - and he aims to do this through Soundball Singapore - an NGO that integrates the sport into the lives of visually impaired.
Soundball is a non-profit organisation made up of volunteers aimed at bringing the sport of tennis to the wider visually impaired community. They aim to introduce the sport in the 2024 Paralympics.
To bring awareness to the cause, Hock Bee and his tennis-playing blind peers often take part in exhibition matches
Soundball, as they call it, is played indoors on a badminton court with special sponge balls that rattle
The team practices religiously every Saturday afternoon at Pathlight School, a special school for autistic children
So, what does Soundball Singapore hope to achieve in the long run?
Soundball Singapore has come a long way, bringing a new sport to Singapore, and giving people whose paths probably wouldn't otherwise cross, an opportunity to connect, learn about each other, and aspire to achieve a shared dream.
They want to introduce the sport to many more blind people and they're aiming to take them to the Paralympics.
We salute these players for not letting their disability stop them from getting into a sport they love!
For more updates, you can follow Soundball Singapore here