Catherine Graham

Highest International Deaf Tennis Ranking:

Singles 3

Doubles 1

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Catherine Fletcher BSc Hons, SPC

Senior Performance Coach & National Deaf Coach

I began my coaching career whilst in my first year at Leeds Metropolitan University. By the time I graduated I had my DCA under my belt and got my coaching experience at the University tennis centre and David Lloyds Centre in Leeds. After graduating in Sport and Exercise Science I trained and played full time tennis for 6 months in preparation for the Deaflympics in Melbourne, Australia 2005. After this I completed my CCA (Performance).

We have been at Ramsbury Tennis Club since September 2006 which is our main base with associations at Bedwyn and Marlborough where we run programmes and courses for all those interested. We also have close links with the County and work for them from time to time. I started playing tennis at 12/13 and as a junior I was part of the Lincolnshire County Team and continued playing for them in the Ladies County Team, captaining for them on occasion. Whilst at university I had a tennis scholarship at the Carnegie Sports Centre (part of LMU) for 2 years and represented the university team.

Since 1996 I have been a part of the Great Britain Deaf Squad. National singles champion for 6 years, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009. Doubles champion for 5 years – 2003, 2004, 2006, 2008 and Lewis and I won the mixed title in 2007 and 2009.

Internationally my career highlights were winning the British Open in 2002; winning the Maere Cup in 2003 (deaf tennis version of Fed Cup), silver at the 2004 Europeans, Bronze at the 2005 Deaflympics for Ladies doubles and Gold in the 2009 Deaflympics in the mixed doubles. After the Deaflympics at the start of 2010 I went onto to complete my SPC Award. In this same year I was named Team of the Year at the inaugural Deaf Sports Personality of the Year Awards. I had a year off in 2011 from deaf tennis and the following year in 2012 I won the Nationals in the singles and doubles and was the runner up in the mixed with Lewis. Following this we won the Bronze in the Europeans in Germany, I also got the Silver in the Ladies doubles.

In April 2013 I took on a new role as the National Deaf Coach working on behalf of the Tennis Foundation. Lewis works closely with me in this role. In the same year I won the ladies doubles and mixed doubles with Lewis at the Nationals. At the Deaflympics in Bulgaria I reached the semi's for all 3 events. Now i remain involved in Deaf Tennis as the National coach and I absolutely love it and have such a passion for it!

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