Ten­nis ideas a net gain

Pilbara News - - News - Alicia Per­era

A Tom Price teacher has re­turned from an ex­clu­sive grand slam ten­nis teach­ers’ event ea­ger to pass on her new sports knowl­edge to stu­dents.

Tom Price Pri­mary School phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion teacher Sara Mo­hamed was one of two se­lected in WA and 18 na­tion­wide to at­tend the Aus­tralian Open Grand Slam Teach­ers’ Con­fer­ence in Mel­bourne two weeks ago.

The an­nual event is open to Aus­tralian gen­er­al­ist and PE teach­ers com­mit­ted to pro­mot­ing ex­er­cise and ten­nis in their com­mu­ni­ties.

Ms Mo­hamed, who has been teach­ing at Tom Price Pri­mary for three years, said she had never heard of the con­fer­ence un­til last year.

She said ten­nis was a longterm pas­sion of hers.

“I have a long history with ten­nis. I did it grow­ing up and I re­ally loved it,” she said.

“I still play. I just see it as a sport that’s re­ally a life­time sport.”

The con­fer­ence aimed to give teach­ers the lat­est in­for­ma­tion on how to en­cour­age Aus­tralian chil­dren to be ac­tive and mo­ti­vated and ran them through on-court ten­nis ses­sions to hone their coach­ing skills.

It also in­cluded a night watch­ing grand slam ten­nis by stars such as Ser­ena Wil­liams and Rafael Nadal, and meet­ing top Aus­tralian ten­nis player Alicia Mo­lik.

“They’ve put to­gether a ten­nis pri­mary school re­source, which has so much in­for­ma­tion, so much con­tent in it, which is linked to the Aus­tralian cur­ricu­lum,” Ms Mo­hamed said of the con­fer­ence.

“Through the gen­eral work we did with them and es­pe­cially the on-court prac­tice ses­sions, it showed us not only what to teach but how to teach it and how to get the most out of your stu­dents, so that they’re hav­ing fun as well.”

Tom Price Pri­mary has been run­ning the ANZ Ten­nis Hot Shots chil­dren’s ten­nis pro­gram for sev­eral years and Ten­nis Aus­tralia pre­vi­ously vis­ited to train teach­ers to coach.

Ms Mo­hamed said peo­ple in­ter­ested in be­ing part of the Hot Shots pro­gram or so­cial ten­nis should con­tact the Tom Price Ten­nis Club at tom price.ten­nis­club@gmail.com.

Pic­ture: Fiona Hamil­ton/Ten­nis Aus­tralia

Aus­tralian ten­nis player Alicia Mo­lik and Tom Price Se­nior High School teacher Sara Mo­hamed at the Aus­tralian Open Grand Slam Teach­ers' Con­fer­ence.

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