Lucy Shuker is a Paralympic Wheelchair Tennis Player with a career best ranking of World No. #5 in Singles and World No. #3 in Doubles. Current GB No.#1, Lucy is a Double Paralympic Medallist, former World Doubles Champion, four time Wimbledon Double’s Finalist, World Team Cup Silver Medallist and National Champion amongst a number of other international successes.
Lucy started playing Wheelchair Tennis in 2002 following a motorbike accident which left her paralysed from the chest down. She has since gone on to represent Great Britain at three successive Paralympics; Beijing 2008, London 2012 and Rio 2016. Making history at the London 2012 Paralympics alongside fellow Brit Jordanne Whiley by becoming the first women to win a medal for Great Britain in wheelchair tennis; the pair came from match point down to secure Bronze in the women’s doubles event. Lucy and Jordanne retained their Bronze medal status at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio.
Lucy is an inspiration to many. As a T4 Paraplegic, her injury was initially considered too profound for her to find success in wheelchair tennis. However, this has only ever motivated Lucy more and through her unwavering determination, commitment and love for the game, as one of the most disabled women on the world tour, Lucy continues to find success amongst the top players. With her sights now firmly set on more success in Tokyo Lucy will aim to represent Great Britain at a fourth consecutive Paralympic Games in Tokyo 2020.
Lucy’s other notable achievements include being recognised on the Shaw Trust Power 100 List 2018 as one of Britain’s most influential disabled people, being awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Bournemouth University in 2017 and winning the Vitalise Women of Achievement Award in 2011. All of these accolades recognise the tremendous contribution to Wheelchair Tennis that Lucy has made throughout her career as well as the progress she has helped with in breaking down the negative stigma often associated with disability.
Lucy trains at The National Tennis Centre in Roehampton, as well as upholding connections with Blackbrook Tennis Centre in Taunton who supported Lucy from the very early days and have continued to do so throughout her career. Lucy would not be where she is today without her dedicated team behind her and the love and support of those closest to her, all of whom make up Team Lucy.