Indige­nous kids get to taste serv­ing of tennis

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IAN Goolagong yes­ter­day ven­tured to Dar­win to take part in the Indige­nous Youth Lead­er­ship Academy.

The brother of Aus­tralia’s for­mer world No.1 player Evonne Goolagong Caw­ley in­ter­acted with kids in years three, four and five, en­gag­ing in so­cial tennis clin­ics for three hours at Mar­rara Chris­tian Col­lege.

Goolagong said the ses­sion was a great event for Indige­nous kids from all parts of Aus­tralia.

“The tennis clinic pro­vided a great op­por­tu­nity for kids from all dif­fer­ent mobs from all over the coun­try to meet other young peo­ple,” he said.

“It gave the young peo­ple from the lead­er­ship group a re­spon­si­bil­ity and an op­por­tu­nity to lead.”

The academy orig­i­nated in 2014 when el­ders from the Goolum Goolum Abo­rig­i­nal Co-Op ap­proached Angli­care Vic­to­ria, ask­ing to help ad­dress their con­cerns about low en­gage­ment with ed­u­ca­tion amongst young peo­ple in the com­mu­nity

It aims to cre­ate crit­i­cal change for grad­u­ates, the next gen­er­a­tion they in­spire, the com­mu­ni­ties they work in and the broader Aus­tralian so­ci­ety.

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