The eyes of the tennis world have been on Wimbledon this week but, for one man in Wortley, news of selection for a different event has been the main cause of celebration.

Antony Cotterill – who has been in a wheelchair since an accident in a nightclub swimming pool in Cyprus 13 years ago – has been named in Great Britain's wheelchair tennis squad for the Paralympics in Rio.

"It is fantastic news," said the 35-year-old who has never been to the Paralympics before.

"I was very close to qualifying for Beijing and London which just made me more determined to get to Rio. It feels great to have my name on the list and get all of the kit for the opening ceremony and for my event. It's going to be one of the highlights of my life and I can't wait."

Cotterill has been on top form in 2016, reaching the later stages of competitions around the world and helping Great Britain to silver in the World Cup earlier this month. He said: "I am definitely on the form of my life. I have had a really good year with a lot of good results. We have 70-odd days of training and a few competitions before the Paralympics start so I am going to put everything into it. The main aim will be to get a medal and I think that is realistic."

Cotterill's life changed hugely when he travelled to Cyprus with friends for a 'farewell' holiday before he was due to start his new job as a mechanic on a US Army base. He hit his head in the swimming pool and broke his neck.

He spent several months living in hospital during which he began to play wheelchair tennis. He said: "When I first started playing it was just to have a bit of fun and to get back into playing sport again. I really enjoyed it and realised that I was quite good at it. It has just moved on from there and to get to the Paralympics is amazing."

Antony competes in the quad category which is for people who have an a disability in their upper and lower limbs.

See this week's Chronicle for a full look at all Barnsley's Olympic hopefuls