Indigenous tennis team selected for Fiji Open
Corey Clarke, Toby Radford, Kaecia Beattie, Mikayla Zahirovic, and Lily Pade have been selected for the 2019 Fiji Open.
A five-strong Indigenous team has been selected to represent Australia in competition at the 2019 Fiji Open this week, from Wednesday 22 May to Sunday 26 May.
Corey Clarke (Laurieton, NSW), Toby Radford (Bairnsdale, Vic), Kaecia Beattie (Oxley Vale, NSW), Mikayla Zahirovic (Mount Low, Qld) and Lily Pade (Coffs Harbour, NSW) make up the all-Indigenous team, led by coach Anzac Leidig (Sawtell, NSW). They will face more than 170 players from across the Asia-Pacific region and around the world.
The Fiji Open opportunity is part of Tennis Australia’s broader Indigenous initiative and aims to provide a more structured competition pathway for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander players.
Seventeen-year-old Mikayla Zahirovic won the inaugural National Indigenous Tennis Carnival 18/u competition in Darwin last October, and was awarded the Evonne Goolagong Medal of Excellence. Toby Radford was runner up in the boys’ 18/u event.
“These opportunities are so important to Indigenous players like myself as it’s not every day we get to travel overseas to play a sport that we love,” Zahirovic said.
“It’s an awesome opportunity for us to be able to showcase all the hard work we’ve put into training both on-and-off the court.
“This is my first time going overseas for a tennis tournament and I’m really looking forward to playing and seeing all my hard work pay off and to be representing not only myself but Indigenous Australians and making my family proud.”
All members of the team have been a part of the Evonne Goolagong Foundation tennis program. Team coach Anzac Leidig is Head Coach and Project Coordinator of the foundation.
|Corey Clarke||18||Laurieton, NSW|
|Toby Radford||17||Bairnsdale, Vic|
|Kaecia Beattie||16||Tamworth, NSW|
|Mikayla Zahirovic||17||Townsville, Qld|
|Lily Pade||17||Coffs Harbour, NSW|
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