Re­turn serve of gen­eros­ity

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Call To Advertise In - By JES­SICA WAR­RINER

WEM­B­LEY Pri­mary School stu­dents are us­ing their ten­nis skills to give back to the com­mu­nity.

The stu­dents se­cured Most Out­stand­ing School at the New­combe Medal Aus­tralian Ten­nis Awards last year and were awarded $5000.

They de­cided to do­nate half the amount to the Dy­lan Al­cott Foun­da­tion, which helps young Aus­tralians with dis­abil­i­ties achieve their goals through ed­u­ca­tion and sport.

The do­na­tion was re­vealed at an as­sem­bly yes­ter­day.

Wem­b­ley PS PE spe­cial­ist Lee Stringer said the school was in­spired by Al­cott him­self af­ter his New­combe Medal win and wanted to help young peo­ple achieve their dreams.

“This is the first time the stu­dents knew about the do­na­tion and it was great to see their ex­cite­ment at the as­sem­bly,” Mr Stringer said.

Al­cott ap­peared at the as­sem­bly via a spe­cial video mes­sage, with stu­dents ex­cited to see the cham­pion wheel­chair ten­nis player.

Ten­nis West chief ex­ec­u­tive Michael Roberts said the school’s award, and later do­na­tion, was fan­tas­tic to see.

“It’s great recog­ni­tion for them,” he said.

“They’re the epit­ome of what we try to do with schools.”

The as­sem­bly also marked part of the Hop­man Cup’s 30 schools in 30 days tour.

Stu­dents were able to get up close to the Hop­man Cup tro­phy and meet the tournament’s quokka mas­cot, Hoppy.

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