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Two American tennis coaches in wheelchairs come to train players in Romania

The US Embassy has invited to Romania two tennis coaches in wheelchairs, recipients of multiple medals, to promote the sport among the disabled persons in the framework of the Sports United programme carried out by the US Department of State. The agenda of the two coaches is organised together with the Motivation Romania Foundation.
Karin Korb is a two-time Paralympian and Paul Walker is the coach for the USA Women’s National Wheelchair Tennis Team.
Karin and Paul will offer coaching sessions to people in wheelchairs and professional tennis players in Bucharest and Ploiesti. Apart from the sportive activity, the two will visit the Motivation Foundation and will talk about the situation of disabled persons both in the US and in Romania.
The public may watch the training according to the following schedule:
Bucharest Tuesday, 6 October and Wednesday, 7 October, 10:30 – 16:00 at the National Tennis Centre, Pierre de Coubertin Boulevard. No.11
Ploiești – Thursday, 8 October, 12:00 – 14:00, at the Olimpia Sports Hall, Marasesti Street.


Karin Korb

Karin Korb broke her back in a gymnastics vaulting accident and is most known for her wheelchair tennis accolades. She is a 2-time Paralympian and a 10-time member of the USA World Team. She was the first person with a disability to receive a Division 1 athletic scholarship to Georgia State University to play intercollegiate wheelchair tennis and has gone on to assist other universities in creating their own wheelchair tennis programs. She was named the 2014 USA’s Junior Wheelchair Tennis World Team Cup Coach and led the top American juniors into competition in Amsterdam, Holland. She says: “It was an amazing honor to be asked to lead our incredibly talented junior team into this world arena of competition.” Her induction into the Georgia Tennis Hall of Fame as its youngest inductee, speaks to her unyielding commitment to foster and grow the sport of tennis to all those who wish to play. This past year, she also received the coveted “Gold Brick” in front of Arthur Ashe’s Stadium in Randy Snow’s Neighborhood. When asked about this honor she simply responded with: “Well, that brick is cute and everything and an amazing gift to my heart, however, it reminds me to continue building the legacy that the infamous Randy Snow started and that requires a whole lot of love for others and tennis. I trust he’s shining down on me and helping me every step of the way.”
She is also currently pursuing a position on the USA’s Rowing team and has her sights set on earning a coveted position on the 2016 US Paralympics Rio games delegation. Her love of humanity is often times referred to as “contagious” and her infectious enthusiasm for sport will leave you wondering: “What can I play and how can I be involved”. Korb refers to herself as a simple vehicle for service to and for others; “everything beyond that is a bonus.”
Karin is a certified life coach with the International Coaches Federation and works diligently with both national and international clients and various organizations to create ongoing opportunities for sports integration. Most recently, her efforts have included the countries of Trinidad Tobago and Colombia. She always has her eyes on the pulse of humanity and “how can I best represent the vision of inclusivity and most importantly, global respect.”


Paul Walker-National Coach

Paul Walker is a 1986 graduate of Florida Southern College in Lakeland, Fla. He is a PTR Professional and was named PTR Wheelchair Professional of the Year in 2003. As a player, Walker reached a career high of No. 4 in the U.S. and No. 31 in the ITF World Wheelchair Tennis Rankings in 2005. That same year, he played in the inaugural wheelchair tennis match at the US Open in Flushing Meadows. Walker was the Head Coach for the USA Women’s National Wheelchair Tennis Team from 2005-2012, spent one year as the national Juniors coach in 2013, and is now back coaching the Women for 2014 and 2015. In his tenure as the Women’s coach, the team twice finished No. 4 in the world and was consistently in the top five of womens programs worldwide. Walker was named 2013 ITF Wheelchair Tennis Coach of the Year and the 2014 Wheelchair Tennis Champion of the Year by Tennis Industry Magazine.

Walker coached high school tennis for 13 years at George Jenkins High School in Lakeland. As the head coach of the girls tennis team, he led the group to six straight District Titles from 2004-2009 and he has twice been the coach of a Florida High School (3A) individual state champion. In 2005 and 2006 he was named the Polk County Florida High School Tennis Coach of the Year. Walker regularly coaches for the USTA and ITF at both national and international wheelchair tennis camps. He has made several Wheelchair Tennis Development Fund trips for the ITF to work with developing players and coaches.

Walker is a great supporter of Wounded Warriors and has a great passion for working with and teaching the sport of tennis to injured service men and women around the country. A retired Army officer, Walker has been married to his wife, Terri, for over 20 years and they have two boys, Jake and Daniel.

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