Mt Lockyer Primary School students handed free racquets as part of Tennis West visit

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ANZ’s Jo Thorne, tennis coach Nelson Stanborough, Mt Lockyer’s William Downes, Abigail Bradley and Hudson McLean, councillor Paul Terry and Tennis West’s Carina McMillen.
Camera IconANZ’s Jo Thorne, tennis coach Nelson Stanborough, Mt Lockyer’s William Downes, Abigail Bradley and Hudson McLean, councillor Paul Terry and Tennis West’s Carina McMillen.

Tennis West handed more than 80 pre-primary students from Mt Lockyer Primary School an early Christmas present to drive interest in the sport.

A total of 85 pre-primary students from Mt Lockyer were gifted free tennis racquets as part of the ANZ Tennis West Hot Shots Racquet Roadshow last Thursday.

Tennis West also visited South Stirling Primary and Wellstead Primary on the same day as part of the regional rollout of the record-breaking giveaway in WA.

This year’s WA-based racquet roadshow hit both regional and metropolitan WA with more than 2500 racquets presented to pre-primary students across the State since November 8.

Tennis Australia ambassadors Todd Woodbridge, John Fitzgerald and Casey Dellacqua will pop into schools virtually to inspire students to pick up their new racquets and swing into action.

Mt Lockyer Primary enjoyed a special video message from WA’s Tristan Schoolkate while being involved in mini coaching session.

Twenty-two-time grand slam champion Todd Woodbridge has handed out thousands of racquets to school kids across the country over the past five years, and has continued his classroom visits virtually over the past year.

Mt Lockyer Primary School students with their free tennis racquets.
Camera IconMt Lockyer Primary School students with their free tennis racquets.

“The ANZ Tennis Hot Shots Racquet Roadshow is a project I’m excited to be involved with every single year,” Woodbridge said.

“To be able to introduce so many kids, and their families, to the sport I’ve loved for my whole life is so rewarding, as is seeing the positive impact tennis can have on their lives.”

Tennis Australia cheif executive Craig Tiley said it was a fantastic program.

“The ANZ Tennis Hot Shots Racquet Roadshow has been an outstanding success and is a credit to our team involved in the Tennis in Schools program and our longstanding partnership with ANZ,” Tiley said.

“Getting more kids involved in tennis is part of what we do every single day, and to be able to put racquets in the hands of 200,000 kids across the country is a tremendous milestone to celebrate. I look forward to seeing more courts across the country full of kids playing tennis with their friends and families.”

ANZ Managing Director of Retail Banking Katherine Bray said it was great to support the program.

“We hope that by supporting grassroots programs like the ANZ Tennis Hot Shots Racquet Roadshow we can help inspire the next generation grow a lifelong love of tennis,” Bray said.

“ANZ and Tennis Australia’s five-year partnership that has delivered 200,000 racquets to communities right across Australia is an outstanding achievement.”

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