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OVERHEAD SMASH: Pensacola’s sportsman of the year David Mayo

June 5, 2006 12:56 PM

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This one-sentence anonymous quote sums up the vitality of 2006 Pensacola Sports Association Sportsman of the Year David Mayo: “Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try.”

Gathered from Troy Moon’s March 24 Pensacola News Journal feature:

Mayo, 43, plays tennis, snow skis and participates in marathons and triathlons – all from his wheelchair.  In 1978, Mayo was paralyzed from the waist down in a mountain climbing accident in Idaho.

“I was competitive before,” Mayo said.  “There is no reason a person cannot be competitive with whatever, quote, disability one might have.”

And competitive he is!  Mayo chaired and participated in the third annual 2006 Pensacola Open Wheelchair Tennis Championships in April at the Roger Scott Tennis Center.  This four-day professional tournament brought 80 talented participants from more than 13 countries!

Mayo said the local volunteers and support was abundant.

“I was so proud of the Pensacola hospitality,” Mayo said.  “The tournament committee and all the volunteers really rolled out the red carpet to the world.”

Mayo plans to chair and run the fourth annual tournament in 2007.  He said this Pensacola tournament is quickly becoming a favorite within the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour.  Mayo said the tournament is the second largest wheelchair tournament in Florida and the fifth largest in the country.

“The good time that was had by all made the long hours and effort worth it,” Mayo said.  “It was very rewarding.”

David Mayo, Tournament Chair, presents Winning Trophy to Maikel Scheffer for winning over Ronald Vink, 6-1,6-3. Tournament Volunteer Desk Bruce Caton, Roger Scott Tennis Director and Scott Harrison, USTA Florida Volunteers and other volunteer and ball persons and ball persons in the background.

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