Na­tional ti­tles for Jack

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Yar­ra­wonga tennis player Jack Bas­sett will rep­re­sent Vic­to­ria in the pres­ti­gious Bruce Cup in Shep­par­ton between October 14 and October 21.

The Bruce Cup is a team based event con­tested between the eight states and ter­ri­to­ries. Each team con­sists of seven boys and seven girls of Pri­mary school age. The com­pe­ti­tion will in­volve play­ers play­ing a sin­gles, dou­bles and a mixed dou­bles match each day against each team. The tennis will be of an ex­cel­lent stan­dard with the best ju­nior play­ers from Aus­tralia try­ing to win matches for their state.

Jack was in­vited to try out for the team in July. He was the only boy out of 32 in­vited that was from a rural area and he won all his matches on the day to en­sure his se­lec­tion for the team.

Since his se­lec­tion Jack has trav­elled to Mel­bourne on three sep­a­rate week­ends to train with the other state team mem­bers. This has been an en­joy­able ex­pe­ri­ence and the chance to prac­tice with the best play­ers in Vic­to­ria has been in­valu­able.

Cur­rently Jack is ranked third in the state for his age which is com­mend­able con­sid­er­ing that com­pe­ti­tion tennis for met­ro­pol­i­tan chil­dren is avail­able all year round.

Jack is ex­tremely for­tu­nate to have lo­cal leg­end Jon Cole­man as his long term coach. Jack has been un­der the tu­tor­age of Jon for five years and is ex­tremely grate­ful for Jon in­still­ing in him a fo­cus on tech­nique but more im­por­tantly the en­joy­ment of tennis.

Jack spends count­less hours, es­pe­cially over sum­mer, at the Yar­ra­wonga Lawn Tennis Club and the sup­port of the Tennis Club is cer­tainly ap­pre­ci­ated. Cur­rent Club Coach Greg Duns has been very help­ful es­pe­cially through his or­gan­i­sa­tion of the Squad Pro­gram.

Jack spent the re­cent school hol­i­days play­ing three sep­a­rate tour­na­ments in Sale, Wodonga and Tar­al­gon. From these rank­ing points tour­na­ments he was run­ners up in the three dou­bles events, run­ners up two sin­gles events and made the semi­fi­nals in the other sin­gles event. This was ex­cel­lent prepa­ra­tion with some very long and chal­leng­ing matches against boys from as far away as Ade­laide and Syd­ney through­out the tour­na­ments.

The costs as­so­ci­ated with training and com­pet­ing in the Bruce Cup have been sub­stan­tial. Jack has been grate­ful for the sup­port of the com­mu­nity mem­bers who have pur­chased School Sup­port Raf­fle Tick­ets.

Jack is also ex­tremely ap­pre­cia­tive to some lo­cal or­gan­i­sa­tions who have pro­vided some gen­er­ous spon­sor­ship to en­able him to rep­re­sent Vic­to­ria. Yar­ra­wonga Col­lege P-12, Yar­ra­wonga Lawn Tennis Club, Bur­ramine Sports Club, ClubMul­wala, God­fa­thers and the Swinger Ho­tel So­cial Golf Club each pro­vided gen­er­ous do­na­tions and their sup­port is greatly ap­pre­ci­ated.

Jack is look­ing for­ward to an event that will cer­tainly prove mem­o­rable.

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