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Paralympian Joel Dembe named Tennis Canada Ambassador

January 28, 2016 by Tennis Canada

London, England 26/08/2012 - Joel Dembe hits the ball during a training session at the London 2012 Paralympic Games in Eton Manor. (Photo: Phillip MacCallum/Canadian Paralympic Committee)

London, England 26/08/2012 – Joel Dembe hits the ball during a training session at the London 2012 Paralympic Games in Eton Manor. (Photo: Phillip MacCallum/Canadian Paralympic Committee)

Joel Dembe
Former wheelchair tennis star and Parapan Am medallist will work to grow sport across Canada

Tennis Canada announced Thursday the appointment of former Paralympian and Parapan Am bronze medallist Joel Dembe to the role of Tennis Canada ambassador. The former wheelchair tennis star will be a public representative for the sport of tennis throughout Canada, sharing his own personal experiences and encouraging others to get involved with the growing sport.

“I’m really excited to promote our sport across the country as an ambassador,” Dembe said. “I have been very fortunate to have had tennis play a major role throughout my life – whether it was playing with my friends recreationally as a teenager or representing Canada at the Paralympics. I’m looking forward to sharing my story and showing Canadians that tennis is a sport that can and should be played by everyone!”

In his role, Dembe will be a spokesperson for the sport in Canada. He will make appearances and speak at various events, including conferences, tournaments, community groups, schools, and rehabilitation clinics. Through speaking about how tennis can improve lives, he will seek to help grow tennis at a grassroots level, especially awareness. He will also become a regular contributor to the Tennis Canada website, with all Canadian tennis fans able to follow along with his latest tennis journey as an ambassador.

Joel and Philippe Parapan Am

“We are so lucky to have Joel on our side, helping us to grow the sport and sharing his love for tennis with Canadians across the country,” said Kelly Murumets, president and CEO, Tennis Canada. “Not only is he accomplished in tennis, but he is such a smart, dedicated, and passionate individual. He truly wants to make an impact on the sport in Canada and will really make a difference. We welcome Joel to our Tennis Canada team.”

Dembe announced his retirement from high performance wheelchair tennis last October, just two months after playing his final competitive match at the Parapan Am Games. The No. 1-ranked wheelchair tennis player in Canada for many years, Dembe is one of Canada’s most accomplished athletes in the sport. The 31-year-old won over 25 titles on the international circuit and claimed six national championships.

In addition to his new Tennis Canada ambassador position, Dembe is increasing his involvement in tennis through coaching. He will be completing his Club Pro 1 certification in March, and will seek to facilitate workshops and demonstrations with kids, adults, and other coaches.

Click here to read Dembe’s first blog post. http://www.tenniscanada.com/a-new-beginning-my-next-life-in-tennis/

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