Jordanne Whiley has more reason than most to want to win a medal at the Paralympic Games next month.
Of course the 20-year-old from Halesowen, who will compete in the Singles and with Lucy Shuker in the Women’s Doubles at Eton Manor, has all the usual motivations to do well.
Who, after all, wouldn’t want to add their own name to what has been a summer of nearly unprecedented success for British tennis?
With Andy Murray following up his achievement in becoming the first Brit to reach the Wimbledon final in 74 years by winning Olympic gold and silver, Jonny Marray triumphing in the All England Men’s Doubles and Laura Robson and Heather Watson both making massive strides in the last six months, the feel-good factor pervading the sport is tangible.
Indeed Whiley, Britain’s second ranked female wheelchair tennis player and currently the world No.12, also enjoyed some success in the last few months when she and Shuker became the first domestic players to reach the final of a Grand Slam event at Wimbledon last month.
But as soon as her interest ended in that event - the British pair were beaten by Dutch women Jiske Griffioen and Aniek Van Koot - her attention switched to London 2012. And righting a family wrong.
“My dad was a bronze medallist in the Paralympics in 1984,” Whiley explains.
“He won it on the track in the 100 metres but was also captain of the basketball team, he did rifle and played table tennis.
“I have seen his medal but my mum actually lost it when she was decorating the house and we now don’t know where it is. He isn’t too pleased about that.
“They had boxed everything up and she forgot where she put it. It’s got to be around but we just don’t know where. I owe it to the family to bring another one home and replace it.”
And she is not only thinking about replacing it: “He always says I have to beat his bronze medal otherwise I will never live it down. It’s up to me to get better than my dad.”
Her father Keith has been a huge influence in Whiley’s tennis career, indeed she started the sport at a tournament where he was playing.
Both have the genetic condition Osteogenesis Imperfecta, usually known as Brittle Bone Disease, and both have refused to allow it to limit their horizons.
In fact, despite her relatively young age, this year’s Olympiad will not be Whiley’s first, having competed, all too briefly in Beijing as a 16-year-old.
Things did not go according to plan in China and Whiley lost her first match but she now views what at the time was a setback, as a lesson well learned.
Like all great sports people, she responded to adversity by coming fighting back. “It was great in terms of experience and getting the atmosphere and knowing what it is all about. I now know what to expect,” she said.
“In terms of competition, I was 16, I was not ready in any way, mentally definitely not, physically I was not fit. My game was just not there.
“At the time I thought it was the end of the world and I was really disappointed but looking back now I can see that was just a beginning. I was just learning, now the big one is here.
“It’s four years on now, I have been training hard and I am hoping to do a lot better. I am older, stronger, I have been working on my mental skills with my sports psych and although it’s coming really fast I feel like I am ready.”
Whiley will need to be too given the strength of the women’s game, particularly the long-time world No.1 Esther Vergeer who has reigned supreme over the sport for many, many years.
With her phenomenal record of 42 Grand Slams, 22 year-end championships and five Paralympic titles it might save a bit of time to simply hang the gold around Vergeer’s neck here and now.
However, Whiley is backing herself to show her best at Eton Manor, where she was beaten by Vergeer in the test event, and to challenge for a podium finish.
“I love the crowd, some people get freaked out by it but I love their energy, I feed off it. Even if they don’t know me, I am a Brit so they are going to be on my side.
“And my family and my friends will be there. Hopefully I’ll get to share winning a medal with them.”
But after that she had probably better take care of it herself.