After the top tennis stars returned to action and excitement to Wimbledon’s courts, a blind woman from Pontprennau is making her own return to the racket sport after shielding for more than a year due to Covid-19.
Before the pandemic began, 70-year-old Maggie Rees had been playing tennis for four years.Classified as severely blind, meaning her sight is minimal to nothing at all, Maggie had been shielding throughout the past year, leaving her unable to attend training for the sport she loves.
With restrictions now lifted to allow indoor sports, Maggie is one of many people across Wales who are getting back in the game with sessions run specifically for people with visual impairments.
Our research suggests that more than half of adults in Wales miss the types of activity they were able to do before the pandemic began. Despite this, more than half of people isolating due to a long-standing condition or illness felt worried about leaving the house after the pandemic, with 60 percent of all adults feeling concerned about exercising close to others.