Louise_HuntA few weeks ago, I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to take a tour of the Olympic Park and get a sneak preview of how the site will look at Games time.

It was really exciting to see it before it's completely finished and I can't wait to see the end result. For me personally, it was also a little overwhelming as it brought home how close the Games actually are now, and that I could potentially be competing at Eton Manor, the impressive wheelchair tennis site in the north of the Park.

I was born with spina bifida but have always been very sporty and played quite a lot with my family as a child.

I was introduced to wheelchair tennis when I was five-years-old, on a visit to the Stoke Mandeville primary games.

I started playing regularly, first at junior tennis camps across the country and then going on to play competitive matches. I played in my first international tournament when I was 12 years old.

The highlights of my career so far have been winning three Futures Series tournaments, including beating four players ranked inside the world Top 25.

One of my proudest moments came during the Turkish Open last year, where I managed to defend nine match points in the semi-final, before going on to win the Open.

This year I have won one Futures Event, one International Tennis Federation event and I also beat the world number 12, the highest ranked player I have ever beaten!

Louise_Hunt_2With Sunday marking 500 days to go, and the tennis qualification period starting next month, the feeling that the Games are drawing closer and closer is very real.

It would be a fantastic experience to compete at a home Games; however, throughout the qualification period I will simply be focusing on my training and taking each tournament as it comes.

If I focus on the small steps in my journey, I believe my desired ambition can be achieved.

I have just left for South Africa for two of the biggest tournaments on my calendar this year.

First I will play in the South African Open, an individual event in Sun City.

Then I will catch a bus across to Pretoria where I will meet the rest of the British team for The World Team Cup.

This will be my seventh World Team Cup and my fourth time competing in the women's squad. Unfortunately, our number one women's player is injured so there are just two of us in the team.

This means I'll be playing lots and lots of matches but I am really looking forward to it and after a busy few weeks of training feel totally prepared.

Before leaving, I travelled to my university [Bath] for the last of my four altitude training sessions, which have been preparing me for competition 1500 metres above sea level. It has been a great opportunity to get a feel for how my body will react.

The World Team Cup is a great chance to play against the top ranked women's players in the world. I see this as perfect practice for London 2012 as these are the players I will be competing against if I am selected.

I am very proud to be part of TASS (Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme). Not only does it help me financially, but it gives me the opportunity to work with professional coaches.  I have some great people around me, providing support and advice on all aspects of my game, which I find priceless.

TASS gives me the opportunity to pursue my dream and I know that my recent success would not have been achievable without it.

Over the next 12 months, my aim is to remain inside the world's Top 25 and climb the rankings by beating those players above me! And of course, the big dream is to qualify for the Paralympic Games!

Louise Hunt is currently ranked 22nd in the world and receives support from TASS, which is targeted at talented athletes between the ages of 16 and 35 who are already competing at national and international level, and are in education. Deloitte's investment has doubled the financial support available to disability athletes through the scheme and over 500 TASS awards have been made through SportsAid since Deloitte began its support in 2007. 33 athletes who competed at the last Summer Paralympics in Beijing in 2008 and two-thirds of the team at last year's Winter Paralympics in Vancouver had received Deloitte funding through TASS.