Bath student Louise Hunt is no stranger to capital gain
Few of the athletes competing at the Paralympics will be able to boast a London track record as impressive as Louise Hunt's.
However, it was on the capital's streets, rather than its courts, where the University of Bath student demonstrated her early sporting potential as she racked up a magnificent seven mini wheelchair marathon victories in ten years.
Since deciding to focus on tennis as a teenager, Hunt has climbed to 23rd in the ITF world wheelchair rankings and will make her Games debut when the women's singles competition gets under way at Eton Manor on Saturday.
Hunt, who was born with spina bifida, said: "I did quite well in wheelchair racing but I had a decision to make and chose tennis, which I have played since the age of five.
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"Every day is different with tennis and I just didn't enjoy training for racing as much. I'm so pleased I made the decision I did now."
The 21-year-old will graduate later than her Bath peers in December after an appearance at the Japan Open delayed her studies for a sports performance degree.
Her busy schedule also includes six training sessions a week with long-time coach Alistair Ward closer to her Swindon home.
"He has trained me since I was eight years old, so it is quite a unique relationship," said Hunt, who became Britain's youngest senior women's national champion in 2007.
"The Paralympics are a really big deal for both of us. He knows every part of my game and not many people stick with the same coach for so long.
"My fitness trainers and hitting partners have changed once or twice but in disability sport it is so important to work with people with the right attitude.
"I'm buzzing about the Paralympics," she added. "I've beaten a lot of the players ranked above me before and anything can happen at the Games."