25th March 2023
Former Paralympian Louise Hunt Skelley PLY becomes a mentor for the Tim Henman Foundation
Louise Hunt Skelley Turns Mentor. Former elite British wheelchair tennis player Louise Hunt Skelley PLY has become a mentor for the youth charity the Tim Henman Foundation.
The foundation works across the UK to transform the lives of vulnerable and disadvantaged young people. It works to improve mental and physical health by creating sporting and educational opportunities.
Louise, who lives in Wroughton near Swindon, enjoyed a successful global playing career. She is one of Wiltshire’s most successful paralympic athletes. This will be her first time mentoring within the charity.
I’m excited to be part of this organisation. I’ve followed the charity’s work over the years, so am delighted to discover there may be a role for me. I already have several schools waiting for a visit.
‘I was lucky enough when I was younger to meet other people. People who like myself have a disability and were achieving great things. It was seeing those people that made me realise what was possible. Through the mentoring and sessions I deliver for the Tim Henman Foundation I can offer to others what I had offered to me,’ said Louise
James Feaver, CEO of the Tim Henman Foundation said, ‘We’re very happy to be working with Louise as a mentor. She has a unique story and has overcome profound struggles to achieve success. She is exactly the type of role model that young people need. It’s our hope to continue a long-lasting relationship with Louise!’
The Tim Henman Foundation
The Tim Henman Foundation facilitates mentorship provision alongside the delivery of programmes to give the young people the support and positive guidance they need.
James Feaver explained: ‘It’s unfortunate that 15 per cent of young people claim they don’t have any role models at all. That figure rises to twenty-one per cent for those from poorer backgrounds. Targeting programmes in areas of deprivation and providing mentors means we can guide youngsters in a positive direction.’
Louise represented Great Britain at both the London and Rio Paralympics. She’s won thirteen senior singles and forty-one senior doubles titles, with a career-high world ranking of ten.
She made two Wimbledon appearances as a player. In 2015 in the doubles and the following year in both the singles and doubles event. That being the first-year that Wimbledone held singles at the event. Today she is one of the commentators at Wimbledon.
To find out more about Louise visit http://www.louisehunt.co.uk