Barking and Dagenham College tennis star wins again

Barking and Dagenham College student Olly Beadle won a disability sports competitor award.

Barking and Dagenham College student Olly Beadle won a disability sports competitor award. - Credit: Archant

It’s third time lucky for a teenage gold medal winning tennis player who competed at the Special Olympics.

Olly Beadle, a sports student at Barking and Dagenham College in Dagenham Road, Dagenham, received Havering Sports Council’s disability sports competitor award in a ceremony last week.

A winner of two gold medals at the Los Angeles Special Olympics in 2015 and huge fan of world number one Andy Murray, Olly, who has dyspraxia, a condition affecting movement and coordination, first began playing at the age of seven.

Mum Jackie, 51, said: “He’s very pleased. He was nominated for the last two years so it’s third time lucky.”

“He’s done remarkably well given his difficulties.”


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Sports mad Olly, 17, who plays football, dodge ball and cricket besides training three times a week at Cranston Park Lawn Tennis Club in his hometown of Upminster, shares the award with bronze medal winning Paralympian swimmer Amy Marren.

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