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Big hits as academy tennis camp convenes

Monday, 7th June, 2010

*Danielle King keeps an eye on the ball at the weekend's Far West Academy of Sport tennis squad training camp. *Danielle King keeps an eye on the ball at the weekend's Far West Academy of Sport tennis squad training camp.

A selection of the best young tennis players from around Western NSW converged on the city over the weekend for a Far West Academy of Sport (FWAS) training camp. The tennis squad featured players from Broken Hill and a number of other regional centres including Nyngan, Menindee, Brewarrina and Coonabarabran. Players took part in a number of drills on Saturday with FWAS head coach Ken Wray focusing on shot selection, footwork and agility. A series of trial games were then played yesterday. FWAS development off icer Matthew Thompson said a number of the players had never been to Broken Hill and were relishing the opportunity to play and live in a team environment. The players are all staying together while in the city and undertaking all training and sightseeing as a group. “The training aspect is obviously good for their skill development, but also staying (together) as a squad is good for their personal development,” Mr Thompson said. “Tennis is a very individual sport so it’s always good for the kids to do things as a squad, we’ll also be doing some cultural stuff and sightseeing. “They’re all having a great time and enjoying the chance to catch up with their friends and play some tennis.” Mr Thompson said the FWAS had enjoyed the opportunity to visit Broken Hill, and encouraged any talented juniors who wanted assistance with specialist training in their chosen sport to contact the Academy on (02) 6847 3638. “It’s fantastic to get out to another city that we don’t often get the chance to visit, and we’ll be keeping an eye out for other talented athletes in any other sports. If anyone wants to get involved with the academy they can give us a call.” Broken Hill Tennis Association president Peter Keenan thanked Mr Wray and his team for the visit and predicted a bright future for local junior tennis. “We’re extremely the happy the Academy has come out to Broken Hill and we can participate, and they’re enthusiastic that we’re involved,” Mr Keenan said. “It’s great to see four local kids in the squad, and there’s a number of other kids who are very close to also being making it. “We’ve got some good juniors showing great potential here with tennis, and if any other kids want to play the junior competition will be restarting in September.”

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