14 January 2021 | Tennis Tasmania

Aspiring female junior tennis players in Tasmania are set to benefit from an upcoming Females in Tennis Development Camp, when the newly-introduced initiative hits the south of the state early next month.

Set to amplify opportunities for girls and women in tennis, Geilston Bay Tennis Club will play host to the second Tasmanian camp, following the inaugural Devonport camp held in December.

The February 8 experience is part of a Tennis Australia initiative, with a total of 25 camps being held across the country this summer.

Thanks to funding which comes as part of the 2019 Federal Government’s $12 million commitment to women and girls in tennis, the South-based camp comes at no cost to players, with registrations open to all female junior tennis players aged 9 – 14 years.

Participants will enjoy a full-day development camp led by National Development Squad Coach Raphael Durek, Schools Development Coordinator Alyssa Hibberd and Talent Operations Manager Trent Constance.

Aiming to develop player performance both on and off the court, participants of the female development camps will share in teachings as presented at Tennis Australia’s national camps; including principles and lessons reserved for the Australian Fed Cup Team.

The inaugural Females in Tennis Development Camp in Devonport was a success.

Females in Tennis National Lead Emma Shoemaker believes the holistic approach of the camps will provide participants with a well-rounded development experience.

“These camps are designed to bring girls together and show them that they are an important part of the Australian female tennis community, and that belonging to this community is something special,” she said.

Designed specifically for girls and reflective of what is being seen in the modern women’s game, participants will focus on skill development, peer connection and unique experiences within tennis.

Underpinning the programs overall philosophy, will be Tennis Australia’s Wellbeing Program, with activities designed for nurturing the development of emotionally healthy players.

“The format of a camp is unique,” Shoemaker said.

“We’re able to create a comfortable setting for girls to explore new skills, and we have the time and space to run activities off court.”

“Both from a wellbeing and on-court perspective, we know the skills we are teaching in these camps are ones that will be important down the track, especially if girls are looking to pursue high performance tennis.”

Set to offer development opportunities for girls across Australia, the Females in Tennis Development Camps will also look to identify players for ongoing opportunities available through both state and national development pathways and camps.

These further opportunities also consist of initiatives through Tennis Australia’s inclusion talent pathways, with girls identifying with a disability, who currently play tennis, are encouraged to register.

Players are asked to bring their racquet plus lunch, snacks and water.

For players aged outside 9 to 14 years old interested in attending, please email [email protected] to be placed on a waitlist to be filled with any available spots once registrations close.

Camp Details:
Date: Monday 8 December (Hobart Regatta Public Holiday)
Time: 10:00am to 4:00pm
Location: Geilston Bay Tennis Club, 36 Debomfords Lane, Geilston Bay 7015
Open to:  Girls from across Tasmania aged between 9-14
Themes include:
Exploring a key stroke in the women’s game
Connection – team, fun & friends
Parent session – ‘What girls are looking for from sport’


For further information:
Emma Shoemaker [email protected]
Raphael Durek [email protected]