Norfolk leads GB wheelchair tennis team

Daily Echo: Peter Norfolk Obe carries the Olympic Flame on the Torch Relay leg through Liverpool. Peter Norfolk Obe carries the Olympic Flame on the Torch Relay leg through Liverpool.

Defending champion Peter Norfolk leads a 10-strong Great Britain wheelchair tennis team selected for the Paralympic Games.

The world number two, from Fleet in north Hampshire, is seeking a third successive Paralympic victory following wins in Athens in 2004 and Beijing four years later after being confirmed in the team announced today.

"I am so excited to compete in my third Paralympic Games," Norfolk said. "I have worked incredibly hard over the years and competing at the Paralympics always makes the previous four years of training, travelling and sacrifices feel worthwhile.

"At a home Games, there will be a lot of pressure on us to perform to our best, but the home support should boost us and if we can play to the crowd then we can be successful."

Joining Norfolk in the quad competition at Eton Manor in the Olympic Park will be world number four Andy Lapthorne and Jamie Burdekin, who won bronze alongside Norfolk in the quad doubles in 2008.

In the men's events, selected athletes are Gordon Reid, Marc McCarroll, David Phillipson and Alex Jewitt.

In the women's singles events, Lucy Shuker and Jordanne Whiley return to the team to make their second Games appearance, while Louise Hunt will make her Games debut in London.

The announcement brings the total number of athletes selected for ParalympicsGB to 183 plus two sighted goalkeepers.

:: Great Britain wheelchair tennis squad for London 2012 Paralympic Games: Men's Division: Gordon Reid, Marc McCarroll, David Phillipson, Alex Jewitt.

Women's Division: Lucy Shuker, Jordanne Whiley, Louise Hunt.

Quad Division: Peter Norfolk, Andy Lapthorne, Jamie Burdekin.

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