Golden girl Lucy serves up a treat in LA

Lucy Porteous carried out torch bearing duties for the 2012 Olympics
Lucy Porteous carried out torch bearing duties for the 2012 Olympics

Kelso tennis ace Lucy Porteous has returned from the Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles with gold and bronze medals.

A former Southern Reporter Sports Personality of the Year, the 25-year-old GB squad member was looking to add to the gold medal she won in Athens four years ago, and that she did in style.

Playing with East Midlands man Adam Leighton in the Level 4 mixed doubles, Lucy collected gold when beating Shunji Tobita and Akina Horiguchi of Japan 5-4, 4-1.

Lucy’s second medal of the Games came after a marathon bronze medal play-off match in the women’s singles against Patricia Romo of Mexico.

The Borderer took an early lead to win the first set 4-1 with Romo taking the second 4-2 to force a deciding match tie-break. Lucy went 5-0 down in the match, but made an excellent comeback to level the score at 5-5. The points swung back and forth, but it was Porteous who just edged the match, eventually winning the set 13-11.

“The Special Olympics has helped me gain confidence, make friends and enables me to compete in a sport that I love,” said Lucy, who is a member of Kelso Orchard Tennis Club.