Ella is among top three

Macclesfield Express - - SCHOOLS NEWS -

A TAL­ENTED ten­nis player is cel­e­brat­ing af­ter her team was crowned third best in the coun­try.

Twelve-year-old Ella Walker, from Mac­cles­field, has been play­ing ten­nis since she was seven.

She was part of the team which came third in the AE­GON ten­nis Na­tional Fi­nals, held at Bolton Arena.

The tour­na­ment started in May last year, with more than 600 school ten­nis teams from across the coun­try tak­ing part.

Hav­ing won the north re­gional sec­tion in Sun­der­land in late Novem­ber, the team from Manch­ester High School for Girls sailed through to the na­tional com­pe­ti­tion in Bolton where they took bronze in a nail bit­ing fi­nal against Bed­ford Girls School.

Ella, who trains at Lan­cashire Health and Rac­quet club for eight hours a week, said: “I was really happy for ev­ery­one in our team, it’s been a long tour­na­ment but well worth it! I play at na­tional and re­gional level out­side of school but it was spe­cial to achieve a na­tional medal with my school friends.”

Ella hopes to play pro­fes­sion­ally in the fu­ture.

Ella’s PE teacher Miss Kelly said: “This is a fan­tas­tic achieve­ment for the girls and it is the first time Manch­ester High has reached the na­tional fi­nal. I have been blown away with the stan­dard of our girls’ ten­nis. The com­pe­ti­tion has been an amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for them and they truly de­serve their suc­cess.”

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