Over 35 deaf children and their parents attended a highly successful Fun Day on Sunday 18 November.
The day gave a number of first-time tennis players the chance to take to the court and experience tennis and was considered a resounding success by all involved.
Kym Stephen, who coordinated the day, said she was looking forward to running similar events in the future.
“The best part of the whole thing was watching all these children coming in with their families … they had a hit with their parents on the court, it was so good seeing mum and dad out there with their children,” said Stephen.
“Another story was a young boy who was deaf and very vision impaired, he was out here with his mother and his mother hadn’t played tennis in years, and she’s now taking up tennis again.”
Hear more about the day below.
The players participated in modified hitting, MLC Tennis Hot Shots and a range of different games and activities. The main focus was on ensuring everyone was involved and having a good time, with players coming from a variety of backgrounds and levels of hearing impairment, with a few trying out the after school program and two commencing coaching at the Craigieburn club.
Another Fun Day will be held on 3 March 2013 from 1pm-4pm to continue to provide opportunities for all people to play tennis.
The day was made possible thanks to the support of Deaf Tennis Australia, Victorian Deaf Tennis Association, Curnow Tennis, Norfolk Foods and Complete Tennis Services.
For further information please contact Kym Stephen on 0413 527 902 or David Bourke, Community Tennis Officer for North Metro on (03) 8420 8427.