Davis Cup set to inspire next generation
Australia's Davis Cup tie against Slovakia in Sydney has provided the backdrop for two exciting camps targeting young Aussie players.
Six indigenous youth from around Australia will take part in a special camp to coincide with this weekend’s Davis Cup tie in Sydney as part of Tennis Australia’s ongoing commitment to youth development.
The players attending the third instalment of the Indigenous Young Leaders’ Camp – Trent Marlin (Camden, NSW), Adrian Foster (Kariong, NSW), Corey Clarke (Port Macquarie, NSW), Krystal Clarke (Port Macquarie, NSW), Lily Bougoure (Noosaville, Qld) and Tiarna Rowlatt (Wollongong, NSW) – were selected from the Evonne Goolagong Foundation’s National Development Camp.
The camp represents a unique opportunity to celebrate and reward Indigenous students who have shown commitment to furthering their tennis development, education and citizenship.
The camp is designed to develop skills in areas such as leadership and cultural awareness.
Tennis Australia Indigenous Coach and Ambassador Ian Goolagong is excited to be able to help the camp’s participants with their development.
“I am looking forward to meeting the kids and getting on court with them to help develop their skills … and also seeing some good tennis at the Davis Cup tie against Slovakia,” said Goolagong.
“The Hot Shots training course is always a great development opportunity for the kids, as it’s something they can use for years to come.”
Said Rowlatt, one of the participating students: “My ultimate goal in tennis is to win Wimbledon.
“I am also hoping my tennis is a pathway to obtain a quality education, which will help my chances of studying Law.
“I want to help change the world for the better, inspire others and help the less fortunate.”
In addition to the Indigenous Young Leaders’ Camp, Tennis Australia is also playing host to eight promising juniors from around Australia at a training camp during the tie.
Aidan Vaughan (Gisborne, Vic), Cooper White (Alphington, Vic), Luke Vuletic (South Frankston, Vic), Edward Vo (Croydon, SA), William Hatzis (Earlwood, NSW), Philip Sekulic (Wakerley, Qld), Haru Sonton (Burleigh Waters, Qld) and Casey Hoole (Kedron, Qld) were given the opportunity to meet with the Australian Davis Cup squad at Ken Rosewall Arena yesterday.
The participants of both camps will take part in a range of activities including attending an Australian Davis Cup team training session, ANZ Hot Shots coaching development programs, school visits and attending the Davis Cup tie – across an action-packed four days.
The Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group Play-off between Australia and Slovakia will take place on a purpose-built grass court installed on Ken Rosewall Arena at Sydney Olympic Park in Sydney from 16-18 September 2016.