Rac­quets a hit with stu­dents

Pilbara News - - Sport - Ali­cia Per­era

The pop­u­lar­ity of ten­nis at Tom Price Pri­mary School looks set to soar af­ter the school re­ceived new rac­quets from Ten­nis Aus­tralia and one of its teach­ers was awarded a schol­ar­ship for fur­ther coach­ing.

The stu­dents were the lucky re­cip­i­ents of 70 mod­ern ten­nis rac­quets for free as part of their in­volve­ment as a Ten­nis Aus­tralia part­ner school.

Phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion teacher Sara Mo­hamed said the rac­quets pro­vided a much-needed up­grade to ten­nis equip­ment at the school.

“I don’t think we even had a class set (of rac­quets) be­fore,” she said.

“We had old rac­quets when I first got here, and the grips were all worn — some didn’t even have grips.

“When kids are us­ing them over and over again, the qual­ity de­clines . . . so class kits have been re­ally handy.” Ms Mo­hamed was last week awarded one of only three Ten­nis Aus­tralia women’s coach­ing schol­ar­ships in WA to­wards com­plet­ing a ju­nior de­vel­op­ment coach­ing course and re­ceiv­ing men­tor­ing.

She said her de­ci­sion to pur­sue fur­ther coach­ing qual­i­fi­ca­tions had come af­ter helping reignite the pop­u­lar­ity of ten­nis in Tom Price last year.

“The (ten­nis) club had no or­gan­ised so­cial play, no ju­nior pro­grams and mem­ber­ships were low,” she said.

“So I joined with a few peo­ple at the ten­nis club to bring a Ten­nis Aus­tralia rep­re­sen­ta­tive up to the re­gion to run some coach­ing cour­ses for teach­ers and com­mu­nity mem­bers so we could get the school’s sports pro­gram and the club’s ANZ Ten­nis Hot Shots pro­gram run­ning at the same time.”

The school has since be­come part of the ANZ Ten­nis Hot Shots chil­dren’s pro­gram and fea­tures ten­nis as part of its sports cur­ricu­lum for at least four weeks of the year.

Picture: Tom Price Pri­mary

Tom Price Pri­mary School phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion teacher Sara Mo­hamed and stu­dents with their new rac­quets from Ten­nis Aus­tralia.

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