On-court cour­tesy

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WILLETTON Ten­nis Club's Jamie Lau has proved the im­por­tance of sports­man­ship af­ter re­ceiv­ing a pres­ti­gious award from the Aus­tralian Olympic Com­mit­tee.

JAMIE Lau’s favourite ten­nis player is Roger Fed­erer, so it is no won­der she has been recog­nised with an award for sports­man­ship.

The Melville Se­nior High School stu­dent was among 43 young WA ath­letes to re­ceive the Pierre de Cou­bertin Award for Sports­man­ship from the Aus­tralian Olympic Com­mit­tee.

Santa Maria Col­lege track and field star Adele Smith also re­ceived the hon­our, with Olympian Lau­ren Mitchell shar­ing her story at the pre­sen­ta­tion cer­e­mony.

Jamie, who is also head girl at the school, started play­ing ten­nis when she was six years old in Ma­cau.

“When I moved to Perth for high school, I con­tin­ued play­ing for a few clubs. I started play­ing for the Corinthian Park Ten­nis Club but I now coach at Thorn­lie Ten­nis Club and play for Willetton Ten­nis Club,” she said.

“I’ve also played for the state team too. I like ten­nis be­cause it’s fun and you have to rely on your­self.”

Jamie said she ad­mired Fed­erer’s abil­ity not to get frus­trated.

“He has mas­tered the men­tal side of the game and he is very cool un­der pres­sure. My mo­ti­va­tion is to con­tinue to get bet­ter and hope­fully at­tend col­lege in Amer­ica and play on the cir­cuit there,” she said.

d486760 Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son

Teenager Jamie Lau has been recog­nised for her sports­man­ship with a pres­ti­gious award.

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