Lit­tlies’ free rac­quets a hit

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Gizelle Ghidella

“WOW I’ve been wait­ing for this for­ever,” said Moss­man Prep stu­dent Greg.

He is one of 29 chil­dren to re­ceive a free tennis rac­quet as part of the ANZ Tennis Hot Shots and Tennis Aus­tralia’s School Part­ner­ship pro­gram.

Michelle Teas­dale, health and phys­i­cal education teacher at Moss­man State School, said the pro­gram is great.

“It’s a fun, mod­i­fied pro­gram which aims for max­i­mum par­tic­i­pa­tion so stu­dents are kept con­stantly ac­tive and en­gaged,” she said.

“This pro­gram uses softer balls and smaller rac­quets and is aimed at hav­ing fun while im­prov­ing skills and teach­ing kids about the rules.

“Our Moss­man Prep stu­dents were so ex­cited to re­ceive their new rac­quets and have a play with them dur­ing their les­son.

“We will be teach­ing tennis at school in the lead up to the Red Ball Tennis Com­pe­ti­tion next term and this gives them the per­fect op­por­tu­nity to start hit­ting some tennis balls at home.”

The Dou­glas School District will host a Red Ball Tennis Com­pe­ti­tion at the end of term where the win­ner and run­ner up teams will progress to Cairns and com­pete against other district teams, with a chance to go to Bris­bane.

Twenty-two time Grand Slam cham­pion Todd Wood­bridge is proud of the ini­tia­tive suc­cess to date.

“The ANZ rac­quet ini­tia­tive is a fan­tas­tic way to in­tro­duce and in­spire more kids to play tennis,” Wood­bridge said.

“For them to take a rac­quet home means tennis is al­ways within their reach and helps kids to de­velop healthy habits that keep them fit and ac­tive.”

ANZ’s sup­port to the pro­gram has al­ready al­lowed 80,000 rac­quets to be de­liv­ered since Jan­uary 2015 and a fur­ther 30,000 will be handed out to schools this year.

Do you have a news tip? Con­tact Edi­tor Shane Ni­chols on 4099 8555 or shane.ni­chols@news.com.au

Pic­ture: GIZELLE GHIDELLA

Prep stu­dents Brook­lyn, Zahlia and Iziah from Moss­man State School are ex­cited to re­ceive their tennis rac­quets from the ANZ Hot Shots pro­gram

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