Valkyrie, Queensland, 20 September 2013 |

Until the weekend, tiny, remote Valkyrie School had never experienced a visit or a clinic from any sport.

Located in Central Queensland, two hours outside of Mackay, the school has just 16 pupils.

And they were thrilled when Tennis Queensland community tennis officer Sam Bradshaw attended the school to run MLC Tennis Hot Shots sessions, part of an AO Blitz promotion ahead of the Blitz’s visit to Mackay this weekend.

Bradshaw ran two 45-minute sessions for the Valkyrie students, finishing off the visit by donating two nets, six racquets and 30 balls to the school.

There was also a visit to Nebo State School, another remote school located 60 kilometres inland from Mackay and with just 57 pupils.

Like Valkyrie, the little town has not experienced many visits from sporting organisations, and was excited to enjoy a MLC Hot Shots session delivered by Bradshaw and a donation of tennis balls.

“It was a fabulous afternoon, with all the teachers saying how much the kids enjoyed it and well organised it was,” recounted Nebo State School principal Fiona Connor.

“They were keen to see the kids improve in their skill levels with tennis. The kids also thought it was great. Sam had them engaged for the full 45 minutes. He was certainly organised and knew what he had to do and how to get the kids to do it.

“So all in all it was a great afternoon, and one that I would love to see happen again if possible.”

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