As the eyes of the tennis world are tuned into Wimbledon, the search is on to find the next Evonne Goolagong right here in Cairns.
The Big Serve Indigenous Tennis Program starts tomorrow, Tuesday 10 July, with a three-day tennis camp at the Cairns International Tennis Centre.
A group of about 35 promising young tennis stars aged from 9 to 17 will participate in the camp, which will culminate with the selection of a team to compete in Darwin’s inaugural National Indigenous Tennis Carnival.
Mayor Bob Manning said The Big Serve’s cornerstone was to provide better health and education for young Indigenous Australians.
“This program is a fantastic initiative, which we believe is a first for not just Queensland, but nationally,” Cr Manning said. “Participants will not only spend time honing their tennis skills, but they will also be involved in workshops focussing on personal development.
“There is a holistic approach to the overall development and wellbeing of the young athletes who are taking part in the program.”
The Big Serve program will be led by Indigenous Far North tennis star and accredited coach Keiryn Lenoy, who is a previous scholarship recipient through the Evonne Goolagong Foundation.
The Big Serve is a national pilot program facilitated by Cairns Regional Council and developed in partnership with Tennis Queensland and Tennis NT. Participants will have the opportunity to earn a trip to Darwin in September by maintaining school attendance, having a positive attitude, showing their leadership skills and commitment to the program.
The Big Serve begins tomorrow (Tuesday 10 July) at 8.30am at the Cairns International Tennis Centre in North Cairns.
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