ANZ roadshow gets primary kids in on the racquet

Jackson Lavell-LeeBusselton Dunsborough Times
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St Mary Mackillop College pre primary students demonstrate the schools new racquets.
Camera IconSt Mary Mackillop College pre primary students demonstrate the schools new racquets. Credit: Picture: supplied

More than 280 pre-primary students from across the South West received new tennis racquets this week, when the ANZ Tennis Racquet Roadshow hit the region.

The roadshow comes as part of Tennis Australia’s partnership with ANZ, with stops at Dunsborough Primary School, Rapids Landing Primary School, and St Mary MacKillop College.

The students receiving the racquets will join more than 30,000 pre-primary school students from more than 800 schools across Australia benefiting from the 2020 National ANZ Tennis Hot Shots Racquet Roadshow.

The students were joined by 17-time grand slam doubles champion Todd Woodbridge, who dialled in for a virtual appearance at each school.

Passionate about inspiring the next generation of players, Woodbridge said the game of tennis had a lot to offer young players.

“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 lounge room,” he said.

Tennis West chief executive Michael Roberts said with reports continuing to discuss declining levels of activity in children, the free racquets would help get kids moving.

“Our partnership with ANZ will give another 3000 kids across WA the opportunity to get active and lead a healthy lifestyle,” he said.

“Tennis Australia’s partnership with ANZ has helped us to put more racquets in children’s hands than ever before.”

Local club coaches will now host students on court, aiming to create ongoing and accessible pathways for continued participation.

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