A local Katherine primary school was the serving point for a national tennis tour recently thanks to its well established tennis program, and every student received a new racquet.
The ANZ Hot Shots Racquet Roadshow visited Casuarina Street Primary School transition classes on Tuesday October 12.
The school is part of 774 schools involved in the foundation program organised by Tennis Australia, which will provide 30,000 racquets to students in 2021.
Jessica Pollack and Anzac Leidig from Tennis NT were both on hand to present each student with their racquet.
Mr Gregg, the schools PE coordinator, has been running the Hot Shots Tennis in Schools program for 8 years with all classes from Transition to year 6.
Retired Australian professional tennis player (and doubles legend) Casey Dellacqua spoke to the students via a ZOOM connection from Sydney, congratulating each one of them on their achievement in the program.
"We were so excited to have Casey speak to us today; we may have the next Ash Barty or John Mailman amongst these students," Mr Gregg said.
Casuarina Street Primary School School Captain Chloe Muscial also asked Casey some questions about her career highlights and how she got started in tennis.
The students then had a chance to demonstrate their skills and test out the new racquets during some fun tennis drills.
The ANZ Tennis Hot Shots Racquet Roadshow has been running for five years and during the 2021 tour the 200,000th racquet will be given to a first-year Australian primary school student.
"The ANZ Tennis Hot Shots Racquet Roadshow has been an outstanding success and is a credit to all our team involved in the Tennis in Schools' program and our longstanding partnership with ANZ," said Tennis Australia CEO Craig Tiley.
"Getting more kids involved in tennis is part of what we do every single day, and to have been able to put racquets in the hands of 200,000 kids across the country is a tremendous milestone to celebrate.
"I look forward to seeing more courts across the country full of kids playing tennis with their friends and families."
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