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Wed 11 March 2015

11 March 2015 - The countdown to this year’s Airports Company South Africa Wheelchair Tennis Open has started with local media personalities participating in a fun-filled wheelchair tennis game against wheelchair tennis players at O.R. Tambo International Airport today.

Media personalities including Udo Caresle (Talk Radio 702), Vaylen Kirtley (Morning Live), Themba Tshabalala (Jozi FM) and Thomas Mlambo (Sports@10) - came out to demonstrate their support for wheelchair tennis by participating in this year’s Wheelchair Tennis Ability Challenge. It was a close call for all involved but the Jozi FM team were the ultimate winners when they beat Sports@10 in the final.

The Airports Company South Africa Wheelchair Tennis Open will be held from 14 - 18 April at the Ellis Park Tennis Centre.

Airports Company South Africa has been a sponsor of Wheelchair Tennis South Africa (WTSA) since 2004. The partnership started at the time when the sport had a handful of players and today WTSA boasts over 500 players in 50 locations across the country.  This is in line with the company’s long-standing commitment to improving lives of people with disabilities. Airports Company South Africa has a long history of enhancing the integration of people with disabilities into society through occupational and emotional support, provision of physical support systems, infrastructure improvement and skills development, education and awareness.

“Airports Company South Africa is passionate about making a difference. Our Socio-economic Development strategy is in line with the business aspiration of moving people and changing lives. In collaboration with Wheelchair Tennis South Africa, we will continue to champion the cause of wheelchair tennis and support them as they prepare for the 2016 Paralympic games,” says Airports Company South Africa spokesperson Unathi Batyashe-Fillis.

Batyashe-Fillis says the company’s socio-economic development programmes are anchored on three areas that are directly affected by its operations – ability, community development and care for the environment. 

Airports Company South Africa is also a sponsor of the popular Outeniqua Wheelchair Challenge (OCC), which is held in George in February of every year as well as the annual Oliver and Adelaide Tambo Liberation Walk held in Johannesburg in October.

For further information:
Unathi Batyashe-Fillis
Acting Group Communications Manager
Corporate Office
Airports Company South Africa 
Phone: 079 882 7307079 882 7307 / 011 723 1410011 723 1410

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