Racquet donations get South West kids on court

Ailish DelaneySouth Western Times
City of Bunbury team leader of communities Gary Thompson, ANZ home and investing lending managers Leanne Coutts and Narelle Scott-Miller helped present pre-primary students Shreyn Patel, Paul Davies and Sophie Spencer with new tennis racquets.
Camera IconCity of Bunbury team leader of communities Gary Thompson, ANZ home and investing lending managers Leanne Coutts and Narelle Scott-Miller helped present pre-primary students Shreyn Patel, Paul Davies and Sophie Spencer with new tennis racquets. Credit: Picture: Ailish Delaney

More than 280 budding tennis fans throughout the South West have received new racquets this week thanks to a visit from the ANZ Tennis Hot Shots Racquet Roadshow.

The roadshow paid Rapids Landing and Dunsborough primary schools a visit, as well as St Mary MacKillop College and Cooinda and South Bunbury primary schools across Monday and Tuesday.

Students were paid a virtual visit by tennis legend Todd Woodbridge, who shared his career journey and hosted a question and answer session with the future tennis players.

Woodbridge said he was passionate about inspiring the next generation of players and encouraged the students to get stuck in to everything tennis had to offer.

There are so many skills that kids can develop at a young age by playing tennis, regardless of whether that’s on the court, in their backyard or even in their loungeroom.

Todd Woodbridge

South Bunbury Primary School students Shreyn Patel, Paul Davies and Sophie Spencer said they were excited to play with their new tennis racquets.

The students were also given the chance to test out their skills on the courts with a coaching session from Bunbury tennis coach Andrew Woodward.

The initiative aims to create ongoing and accessible pathways for continued participation in tennis.

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