CHAMPIONS CROWNED AT 2023 GALLIPOLI YOUTH CUP
More than 150 students, coaches and managers from across Australia recently descended on Brisbane to compete in this year’s Gallipoli Youth Cup – The National High School Tennis Championships.
Australia’s best high school teams converged on Brisbane to compete in the Gallipoli Youth Cup.
The Gallipoli Youth Cup was first held in 2008 as a Junior ITF event and now incorporates the National High School Team Championships in collaboration with Youth of Tomorrow. By joining forces with Youth of Tomorrow and their Future Fit program, primary schools will be provided the opportunity to participate the Future Fit program, and experience the National High School Championships.
The 2023 event saw 18 secondary schools with the country’s top-performing girls’ and boys’ teams all vying for the respective championship titles.
Queensland’s Brisbane Boys’ College were crowned champions for the boys, contesting one of the closest finals in years, defeating The McDonald College by a margin of a single game. This is the third national title for Brisbane Boys’ College since the event’s inception in 1996.
New South Wales school, Meriden, once again proved they are one of the country’s powerhouses in schoolgirls tennis, defeating Marryatville High School in the girls’ championship to claim their ninth National championship and retaining the cup for another year.
“It’s fantastic to see the Gallipoli Youth Cup now aligned with Australia’s National High School Championships, it really takes the championships to the next level encouraging high-quality competitive tennis, with the team tennis environment encouraging aligned values of mateship and educational opportunities,” Tournament Director Joel Goodwin said.
“The benefits of school team tennis extend beyond the court, and we’re pleased to play a part in supporting the physical, social, emotional and mental health and wellbeing of Australian secondary school students, whilst also providing competitive playing opportunities and ongoing involvement in the sport,” Goodwin said.
Queensland primary schools welcomed back the Youth of Tomorrow – Schools Future Fit Program, a national youth empowerment education program delivering comprehensive life education in the 21st Century.
This year, up to 600 primary school students from low socio-economic areas within South East Queensland and Brisbane attended the program.
The education program was the 3rd annual flagship event in Queensland and delivered at the iconic world-class Pat Rafter Arena at the Queensland Tennis Centre.
The Gallipoli Youth Cup was first held in 2008 and is the brainchild of Umit Oraloglu and Australian tennis legend and tournament ambassador Pat Cash, in Partnership with Tennis Australia.
Tennis Legend and Patron Pat Cash was excited to be bringing the flagship event back to Queensland.
“The pandemic impacted student access to our national program, so it’s great to see the program being returned to Queensland. It’s fantastic to see record student numbers and new schools at this year’s Schools Future Fit Program,” Cash said.
“We’re excited to be back at Pat Rafter Arena and delivering an Australia first. The Schools Future Fit Program will be made available to many more schools next year,” Youth of Tomorrow’s Chief Executive Officer Umit Oraloglu said.
“Being able to talk to and share the importance of ANZAC Day with more than 600 school students ensures the legacy of our current and ex-serving Defence members continues to live on in our future generation,” Kerry Gallagher, RSL Queensland South Eastern District President.