Janel Manns

  • Age50
  • Born28 May 1966
  • Birth PlaceNew South Wales
  • LivesPort Macquarie, New South Wales
  • PlaysLeft-handed
  • CoachGreg Crump

On court

  • First picked up a tennis racquet in late 2004
  • Won a bronze medal at the 2006 FESPIC Games in Kuala Lumpur as a member of Australia’s national team
  • Won three gold medals at the 2007 Arafura Games, in the mixed team, doubles and in the singles events
  • She peaked in the rankings at seventeenth in the world in the singles event
  • In 2011 competed in Minas Gerias and Buneos Aires, making the finals in the women’s wheelchair singles.
  •  Won the women’s wheelchair doubles event in Santiago and Baranquilla. 
  • In April 2011, was selected as a member of Australia’s Shadow Paralympic Squad ahead of the 2012 Summer Paralympics.
  •  Selected to represent Australia at the 2012 Summer Paralympics in women’s singles and women’s doubles wheelchair tennis

Off court

  • Completed a Bachelor of Legal and Justice studies
  • Is a  TAFE educator in law, ethics, advocacy and disability modules.
  • Enjoys cardio fitness, weightlifting, philosophy books and her mitzu puppy, Brandy.

Janel Manns in the news

Weekes and Manns enjoy Texas success
Ben Weekes; Getty Images
7 May, 2013

Aussie wheelchair tennis players Ben Weekes and Janel Manns have enjoyed solid performances at the recent Texas Open Championships in Coppell, USA.
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Wheelies teams named for World Team Cup
Australian Wheelchair Tennis team: (L-R) Luba Josevski, National Wheelchair Coach Greg Crump, Janel Manns and Sarah Calati; Tennis Australia
1 May, 2013

The Australian women’s and men’s wheelchair tennis teams have today been named for the BNP Paribas World Team Cup in Antalya, Turkey in May.
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Wheelies win in Brazil
DF Wheelchair Tennis Open doubles winners Luba Josevski (L) and Sarah Calati; Tennis Australia
29 April, 2013

Sarah Calati and Luba Josevski of Melbourne have won the doubles crown at the recent DF Wheelchair Tennis Open in Brazil (18-21 April 2013).
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Aussie wheelies success in Chile
Australian wheelchair players (L-R) Janel Manns (NSW), Luba Josevski (Vic), Jerry Markoja (NSW), Sarah Calati (Vic) and Keegan Oh Chee (NSW) pose at the Chilean Open in Santiago; Tennis Australia
22 April, 2013

The Australian wheelchair tennis team has enjoyed some successful results on clay at the Chilean Open in Santiago, Chile (11-14 April 2013).
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