Posted: Mar 20, 2014 6:06 PM by Rebecca Buchanan
Updated: Mar 20, 2014 6:06 PM
BATON ROUGE - World-class tennis players from around the globe gathered in Baton Rouge this week for the 25th annual International Cajun Classic Wheelchair Tennis Tournament.
Among those competing is Shane Theriot, who was paralyzed from the waist down in an oil rig accident when he was 18.
"There's no excuses out here, it's pretty amazing some of the guys you'll see out here," he told News 2.
Theriot said he was first inspired watching a Cajun Classic tournament ten years ago.
"I was amazed the first time, I was like, 'I want to be that guy,' and the only way to do that, is to put in the work, it's the only way," Theriot said.
His coach, Carlos Roldan, said Shane's attitude and work ethic have since turned him into a world-class athlete.
"He had the attitude that any person should have, in life, to get to their goal, and he had it in tennis," Roldan said.
This year, 17 countries are represented in the Cajun Classic. The tournament at the Paula G. Manship YMCA is free to the public and lasts until Sunday.