Moura teen hopes to ace Aussie ti­tle

Central Telegraph - - SPORT - Vanessa Jar­rett Vanessa.Jar­rett@cen­tral­tele­graph.com.au

AT JUST 14 years of age, Ameli­ija Swaffer-Selff has com­peted across the coun­try in ten­nis and this week will com­pete in Can­berra for the Aus­tralian Clay­court Cham­pi­onships.

“I have played a few na­tion­als, trav­elled to Dar­win, Tas­ma­nia, Ho­bart and Mel­bourne,” Ameli­ija said.

Last week­end, Ameli­ija com­peted in the 14 years Girls’ Sin­gles Head State Age Cham­pi­onship in Rock­hamp­ton.

Ameli­ija won the ti­tle for the third time, hav­ing won the 10 years and 12 years sin­gle ti­tles pre­vi­ously.

Dur­ing the week­end last week, she com­peted in the Bund­aberg Age Cham­pi­onships, where she won again.

This week­end will be Ameli­ija’s first time com­pet­ing in Can­berra.

“So it will be a new ex­pe­ri­ence and a new age level,” she said.

And when she isn’t busy at cham­pi­onships, Ameli­ija is in­volved in the Na­tional Ten­nis Academy in Bris­bane.

“I also go to the na­tional academy twice a term for a block week,” she said.

Ameli­ija goes to the academy ev­ery six weeks and en­joys ev­ery minute of it.

“It’s very good to get down there and see what it is like in Brissy,” she said.

“It’s lot of hard work and it’s re­ally good to learn with the best play­ers from around the state.”

Do­ing a lot of prac­ti­cal work on her ten­nis train­ing, Ameli­ija said it was quite in­tense.

“I get to do lots of gym work, in­tense train­ing,” she said.

PHOTO: NICHOLE SWAFFER

TRO­PHY WIN: Ameli­ija Swaffer-Selff won the 14 years Girls' Sin­gles Head State Age Cham­pi­onship in Rock­hamp­ton last week­end.

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