Ireland Team Announced for the Upcoming Blind/VI Tennis World Championships

Ireland Team Announced for the Upcoming Blind/VI Tennis World Championships

We are delighted to announce the Irish team for the Blind/VI tennis world championships.  The World Games will take place from 18-27 August 2023 at the University of Birmingham. This year the tennis world championships are taking place as part of the International Blind Sports Association World Games which will include ten sports with 1250 athletes from over 70 countries.  This will be the first time that tennis will be included in these Games which take place every four years.


The team is :

Lisa McLaughlin  B1  Windsor TC

Stuart Haxell        B1  Sligo TC

Babs Weiborg      B2 Shankill TC

Vinny Keane        B2 Rosslare/Naas/ Tramore TC 

Marguerite Quinn B3  Ballina Killaloe TC

Ariadna  Flociuc  B4 Shankill TC

Doris  Finley        B4 Windsor TC

Rya Devereux      B4   Shankill TC


Team Manager:  Wesley O’Brien, Ballina Killaloe TC

Coaching team: Simon McFarland and Ann-Marie Breen from Tennis Ireland


Tennis Ireland would like to congratulate the players on their selection and wishes the team and coaches the very best of luck in the Games in August.


The team are aiming to bring home at least three medals from the Games and achieve at least five players in the top ten worldwide rankings.


We’d like to acknowledge Sport Ireland for their support for the team and Vision Sports Ireland for their continued work in growing blind/vi tennis with us across the country where we now have twelve clubs with both senior and junior players.


The photo shows Rya Devereux and Ariadna Flociuc with squad member Sophie Sutton Gough at the team’s first training session (photo credit: Tony McNamara).  Future sessions will be in Belfast and Dublin – all welcome and we will advertise the dates as they arise.