Backing for wheelchair player
Speirs Gumley serves up sponsor deal for Reid
Property management company Speirs Gumley is sponsoring Britain’s number one wheelchair tennis player Gordon Reid, as he goes for Gold in Rio next month.
Reid, from Alexandria in West Dunbartonshire, won his first grand slam singles wheelchair title at the Australian Open in January and followed that by winning the inaugural singles wheelchair championships at Wimbledon in June.
He began playing tennis at a young age and showed great promise, but contracted a rare neurological condition in 2004 and lost the use of his legs.
He began playing wheelchair tennis in 2005 and a year later was shortlisted for the BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year.
At just 16 years old, he represented Great Britain at the 2008 Games in Beijing. At London 2012, he reached the semi-finals in the men’s singles and doubles competitions.
Speirs Gumley already works closely with Judy Murray and her ‘Tennis on the Road’ initiative and more recently with the Elena Baltacha Foundation in an effort to encourage more children from all backgrounds to play tennis.
It will offer support to Reid as he competes in both the singles and doubles competitions in Rio.
Lorraine MacDonald, owner of Speirs Gumley, said: “I am a tennis fanatic, so I am thrilled that Speirs Gumley is in a position to sponsor Gordon in time for his big trip to Rio.
“He’s such an inspiration to everyone who knows him, and I know everyone in Scotland, and especially here at Speirs Gumley will be rooting for him to bring home Gold.”
Reid said: “I am honoured to become an ambassador of Speirs Gumley and would like to thank them for their support. This helps me to take my training and preparation to the next level as I get ready for major competitions and I look forward to working with them over the coming years.”
McCrea Financial Services, which also supports Gordon Reid, last night celebrated 15 years supporting sport in Glasgow at an event featuring Glasgow Warriors head coach Gregor Townsend and Partick Thistle counterpart Alan Archibald.
The Glasgow-based firm backs both clubs and the Scottish Seniors Golfing Society. It has also been a key supporter of the Scottish Women in Sport Awards.
Douglas McCrea, managing director, said: “We are proud to have reached this significant milestone in our support of sport in the city of Glasgow. We have been fortunate to have had great success as a business and so it has always been important for us to share that across charity and sport.”