Gordon Reid MBE

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Gordon Reid MBE

Biography

Gordon Reid was born in Alexandria, Scotland on the 2nd October 1991 and until he reached the age of 14, was a fit and keen tennis player. However, in 2005, Gordon was tragically struck down by a rare condition called Transverse Myelitis, which attacks the spinal cord and left Gordon paralysed from the waist down.

A tough and determined young man, Gordon bounced back and started playing the game he loved, only this time, in a wheelchair, and only two years after contracting this illness, he proudly wore the GB shirt at his first Paralympic Games in Beijing.

As a junior on the world wheelchair tennis circuit, Gordon was ranked number 1 and won repeated Junior World Masters titles. He has represented GB at the Invacare World Team Cup for the past 7 years, winning one junior title, and being a pivotal team member in gaining promotion to the World Group 1 and later assisting the team finish a record breaking 5th in the table.

Gordon’s continued hard work and dedication was rewarded with his selection to compete for his country again, only this time, at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, where he reached the quarter finals of both the singles and doubles events.

2016 began well for Gordon, winning the Australian Open singles title, followed by winning the inaugural singles crown at Wimbledon, alongside the doubles. He then went on to win a Gold medal in the singles and a silver medal in doubles at the Rio Paralympic Games finishing the year as World No.1.

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