Micayla’s an ace on the court

Young­ster set for state con­test

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - SPORT - Danielle Jarvis

WHEN Micayla Bourne’s par­ents first signed her up for tennis train­ing, they did not ex­pect her to win the first tour­na­ment she played in.

While she has been train­ing with Ne­pean Dis­trict Tennis As­so­ci­a­tion since 2012, the Emer­ton nine-yearold only started com­pet­ing this year.

She served up some golden shots dur­ing the un­der-10 Girls Ju­nior De­vel­op­ment Se­ries, which in­cor­po­rates 10 tour­na­ments played by at least 12 girls.

After scor­ing the most points at the end of the se­ries in Au­gust, Micayla was de­clared the win­ner and trav­elled to Bathurst for the Cham­pion of Cham­pi­ons tour­na­ment.

She was un­de­feated in the tour­na­ment, and is now train­ing ev­ery Satur­day, from 6am, in prepa­ra­tion for the state fi­nal next month.

Micayla said she was look­ing for­ward to the state com­pe­ti­tion.

“I’m re­ally ex­cited. I think I’ll be close to win­ning. There’s a lot of dif­fer­ent re­gions go­ing so it’s go­ing to be a lot harder, but that’s OK. You need a chal­lenge ev­ery

It’s go­ing to be a lot harder, but that’s OK. You need a chal­lenge ev­ery once in a while. Micayla Bourne

once in a while,” Micayla said.

Her mother, Josephine Faa­toafe, said she did not ex­pect her daugh­ter to find suc­cess so quickly.

“We just thought it would be good for her to build up a skill set; we did not an­tic­i­pate that she would take to it as well as she did,” Ms Faa­toafe said.

Pic­ture: Justin San­son

Micayla Bourne puts her skills into ac­tion at the Ne­pean Dis­trict Tennis courts.

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