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Action Woman awards countdown: Jordanne Whiley

December 1, 2014

The countdown to the BT Sport Action Woman Awards has started so if you haven’t voted yet then here’s the case for Jordanne Whiley written by Mark Hodgkinson for BT Sport.jordanne-whiley

From breaking her legs 26 times to playing tennis with Boris Johnson, Jordanne Whiley’s is an incredible story.

Judy Murray calls her the Slice Girl (a tribute to her backhand). She has a dog and a fish called Alan, and she has won so many trophies during her career as a wheelchair tennis player that she no longer has the space for them in her house (“it’s getting a bit ridiculous now”).

Meet Jordanne Whiley, who has brittle bone disease, who this year won all four Grand Slam women’s doubles titles, who is nominated for BT Sport’s Action Woman of the Year Award and who this week was to be found in front of City Hall playing tennis with Boris Johnson.

Whiley and the Mayor of London, who sat in a wheelchair for their game of doubles, were promoting the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters, the season-ending tournament that starts in London on Wednesday at the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre. It was there during the 2012 London Paralympics – when the venue was known as Eton Manor – that the Briton won a bronze medal in the women’s doubles.

If Whiley can win the Masters, it would only add to her difficulties – and this isn’t a bad problem to have – of where to store or display all her trophies.

She said:“I’ve got so many trophies that I can’t fit them in the house anymore. I couldn’t even put a number on how many trophies I’ve got. I’ve kept them in the garage at my parents’ house. And then when I moved out of my parents’ house, all the non-important ones were put in a chest of drawers. The good ones are all over the house somewhere.”

In time, Whiley would like to have “a special shelf” displaying her Grand Slam trophies and her Paralympic medal, which she won with Lucy Shuker. Until this year, no British woman had won a Grand Slam wheelchair title; that all changed at January’s Australian Open when she and her Japanese partner, Yui Kamiji, went through the draw in Melbourne. They then added victories at the French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open for a remarkable calendar sweep of the majors.

Read the full article and watch the video here

Mark Hodgkinson, BT Sport
Sportsister, The Women’s Sports Magazine

Jordanne Whiley is a nominee for the BT Sport Action Woman of the Year Award. To see the rest of the nominees and vote for your winner visit btsport.com/actionwoman. Find out who wins when Clare Balding presents the award in a special hour long show on Tuesday 10th December at 19:30 on BT Sport 1

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