Olympic Dreams and Silver Linings - Cornelia Oosthuizen, Professional Wheelchair Tennis Athlete
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Cornelia Oosthuizen is a Professional Wheelchair Tennis Player who is currently training to compete at the 2021 Paralympic Games. In 2014 she was medically discharged from the British Army after developing Complex Regional Pain Syndrome in her right foot and leg as the result of a sports injury. Having always been a keen tennis player, she found she missed competitive sport - she was introduced to the world of wheelchair tennis by a friend and 3 years later competed at the Invictus Games in Toronto where she won a Bronze Medal in the Doubles Event. 

Since then she has been selected for the British Paralympic Association's Paralympic Inspiration Programme, has competed on the UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Pro Circuit, has made her debut for Great Britain at the 2019 BNP Paribas World Team Cup and won her first singles title and gaining a top 50 world singles ranking. In her own words, she couldn't think of a better job! 

In this episode, we discuss what inspired Cornel to take up Wheelchair tennis, the challenges she has faced since that initial diagnosis and the unexpected benefits or silver  linings of achieving her childhood dream of becoming a professional tennis player, albeit it in an unexpected way. 

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