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TEN­NIS: Ju­nior mem­bers of the Roma and District Ten­nis Club have hit the courts for a three-day camp de­spite the soar­ing tem­per­a­tures this week.

Club coach Dean Stansell said the heat was no match for the de­ter­mi­na­tion of the kids.

“It’s been a great turnout thus far, it’s hot so you’re never go­ing to get huge num­bers, we’ve got 12 today, nor­mally our camps are up to 25 kids,” he said.

“But it’s a good turnout and I’m very happy with the kids’ ef­forts.”

Stansell said the ten­nis camp was for play­ers ei­ther com­ing back from hol­i­days or that were pre­par­ing for up­com­ing tour­na­ments.

“The first tour­na­ment com­ing up is at the be­gin­ning of March, which is the ju­nior de­vel­op­ment tour­na­ment, so they are pre­par­ing for that and we are also get­ting ready for club comp we are host­ing in Fe­bru­ary,” he said.

“Ba­si­cally a lot of the kids haven’t played much, quite a few of these guys com­peted in the Bris­bane In­ter­na­tional Challenge two weeks ago, so the out­come of this camp is for them to get their skills up, build con­sis­tency and be pre­pared to play in the sea­son ahead.

“We’ve got age groups here from 15-year-olds and un­der down to 10-year-olds and un­der.”

Stansell said due to it be­ing school hol­i­days the club un­der­stood people were still away so they were host­ing an­other camp next week.

“We are also hold­ing a three-day camp next week as well, from Mon­day, Jan­uary 21, through ’til Wed­nes­day, Jan­uary 23,” he said.

Stansell said the club was look­ing strong this sea­son.

“We’re sit­ting on an av­er­age of 125 mem­bers, which is fan­tas­tic,” he said.

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