Organiser Profile

🇩🇪 Germany

First name: Chris
Last name: Kaplan
Full name: Christiane Kaplan
Gender: Female
Date of birth: July 13, 1976
Place of birth: Rostock, Germany
Nationality: German
Lives in: Rostock, Germany
Your role: Member of communications group and document accessibility check
Plays tennis since: 2016
Best achievements Came fourth in B1 category in Alicante 2017 Hobbies: Languages (speaking a language opens a gate); music; used to play, now listen; Tennis, tennis, tennis
Please tell us a little about yourself, including two interesting facts about you! I love assembling furniture. Speak German, English, Russian fluently, get by with French, won’t starve with Spanish. Have travelled interesting places, have yet to go to Africa and Australia. Have loved tennis since I was fourteen. Favourite players include Agassi, Corretja, Nadal, Ferrer, Chung, Schwartzman. Favourite umpires: Kaufman (UK), Egli (SUI), Molina (ESP) and Lahyani (SWE). Most of my tennis knowledge was acquired watching endless hours on TV.

🇬🇧 Great Britain

First name: Kirsty

Last name: Thomson

Full name: Kirsty Thomson

Gender: Female

Date of birth:

Place of birth: Glasgow

Nationality: British

Lives in: London

Your role: GB Team Manger

Plays tennis since: 5 years old

Best achievements Completing the London Marathon

Hobbies: Tennis, golf, running and walking

Please tell us a little about yourself, including two interesting facts about you

I have always worked in tennis and find my existing job very rewarding and

fulfilling. I work for the Tennis Foundation in the Competitions Team organising

and delivering international and national wheelchair and visually impaired

tournaments. I also support local competition organisers to deliver recreational

and regional tournaments providing competitive opportunities for players of all

abilities.

🇬🇧 Great Britain

First name: Mark
Last name: Bullock
Full name: Mark Bullock
Gender: Male
Date of birth: 13/02/1968
Place of birth: Ipswich
Nationality: British
Lives in: London
Your role: Special Advisor to IBTA, Volunteer
Plays tennis since: 1976
Best achievements Represented Suffolk, University of Nottingham & Loughborough University.
Hobbies: All sports, writing/blogging.
Please tell us a little about yourself, including two interesting facts about you! My business involves delivering workshops, seminars and guidance to wide range of stakeholders in inclusive sport & physical activity utilising more than 25 years of experience in Paralympic/disability sport, sports development & the broader social impact of sport. Passionate about inclusion, wellbeing, healthy lifestyles & nutrition. Former Athletic Union President at the University of Nottingham. Worked in sport as a volunteer, coach, Tennis Development Officer, facility manager and administrator at local, national and international level. Travelled to more than 80 countries developing wheelchair tennis with the International Tennis Federation Attended four Paralympic Games & two Olympic Games. Extensive experience of delivering sports programmes in developing countries. Experienced public speaker. Advisor to Choice International & International Blind Tennis Association. Member of IPC Paralympic Games Committee 2015-18. Ambassador for Parallel London, the world’s first fully inclusive mass participation event. Event Manager for Raw Fest 2017 & 2018. Lawn Tennis Association Licensed Coach. Former National Wheelchair Tennis Coach. Appeared in Eastenders (British soap opera) as an extra.

🇮🇪 Ireland

First name: Liam
Last name: O’Donohoe
Full name: Liam O’Donohoe
Gender: Male
Date of birth: tough question !
Place of birth: Dublin
Nationality: Irish
Lives in: Shankill, Dublin
Your role: Tournament Director
Plays tennis since: for ever
Best achievements Shankill Tennis Club Mixed Doubles Champion !!
Hobbies:
Please tell us a little about yourself, including two interesting facts about you! Father of four including sarah, the Tournament Referee!
President of Leinster Tennis
Delighted you are all coming to Dublin to play some great tennis and have a great couple of days. A step forward in the development of Blind tennis.

🇮🇪 Ireland

First name: Susannah
Last name: Kingston
Full name: Susannah Catherine Kingston Gender: Female
Date of birth: 26.01.1972
Place of birth: Dublin
Nationality: Irish
Lives in: Shankill, Co. Dublin Your role: PR Officer (Outgoing), Shankill Tennis Club Plays tennis since: 1998
Best achievements Shankill Tennis Club Championships Ladies Singles Finalist 2016. Veterans plate winner 2013 and 2017. Hobbies:
Please tell us a little about yourself including two interesting facts: Facilitator in Equine Assisted Learning.

🇯🇵 Japan

Organizer Profile:
First name: Ayako
Last name: Matsui
Full name: Ayako Matsui
Gender: Female
Date of birth:
Place of birth: Tokyo
Nationality: Japanese
Lives in: Saitama Japan
Your role: Special advisor
Plays tennis since: since 12 years old
Best achievements
Hobbies: playing the piano, studying English
Please tell us a little about yourself, including two interesting facts about you! I am a special needs education teacher. I am now teaching 5 year old kids with the visually impaired.
I was a friend of Takei, an inventor of blind tennis. He developed blind tennis at school where I am working for. We met each other in 2006 and started international promotion of blind tennis.
Takei called me a guide of his dream. I am pleased that his dream has been shared with wonderful people all over the world.

🇲🇺 Mauritius

First name: Alistair
Last name: Li Wan Cheun
Full name: Alistair Michael Li Wan Cheun
Gender: Male
Date of birth: 02.12.1991
Place of birth: Mauritius
Nationality: Mauritian
Lives in: Port Louis, Mauritius
Your role: VI Classifier
Plays tennis since:
Best achievements
Hobbies:
Please tell us a little about yourself, including two interesting facts about you!

🇲🇺 Mauritius

First name: Gaetan
Last name: Li Wan Cheun
Full name: Gaetan Li Wan Cheun
Gender: Male
Date of birth: 9th August 1957
Place of birth: Mauritius
Nationality: Mauritian
Lives in: Mauritius
Your role: President and international classifier
Plays tennis since: the beginning of times
Best achievements Seeded number one pair in 50+ doubles in Mauritius from 2011 to 2015
Hobbies: Guitar, fishing.
Please tell us a little about yourself, including two interesting facts about you! International VI classifier for IPC and IBSA. Been involved with voluntary work with visually impaired for over thirty years, so much so that in 1999, I was awarded the Most Outstanding Volunteer Award in Mauritius.

🇲🇺 Mauritius

First name: Steven

Last name: Li Wan Cheun

Full name: Steven Li Wan Cheun

Gender: Male

Date of birth:24/10/1987

Place of birth: Mauritius

Nationality: Mauritian

Lives in: Mauritius

Your role: IBTA International visual classifier

Plays tennis since: 13 years old

Best achievements

Hobbies: Fishing , Tennis , hiking

Please tell us a little about yourself, including two interesting facts about you!

I am an optometrist by profession, a national visual classifier for IPC/IBSA and

also an international visual classifier for IBTA.

Huge fan of tennis and most importantly VERY excited to see youallin DUBLIN.