Tennis champions - (R) Vada Thaggard,10 and Tamie Chew,14
Tennis champions - (R) Vada Thaggard,10 and Tamie Chew,14 Alistair Brightman

Hervey Bay junior aces are some of Central Qld's best

HERVEY Bay is home to some of Central Queensland's best young tennis players and two of our stars have more silverware to prove it.

Vada Thaggard and Tamie Chew are the proud owners of trophies almost half their height after they won their divisions in the Central Queensland Junior Masters Circuit.

Tamie, 14, won the 15 and under girls competition and said she spent almost every day on the court.

"I play touch football as well so there's a bit of fitness when I'm not playing," Tamie said.

Tamie said Roger Federer's relaxed and positive attitude was a major reason why she counted the Swiss Maestro as one of her idols.

"He always has a good attitude; he's got a great all-round game," she said.

"I don't know if I'll follow tennis as a career.

"I've thought about studying to be a physio but I'll just see where it takes me for now."

Vada, who won the 10/U girls competition, has made the court her home for the last "six or so" years.

A promising junior, Vada got into the sport after she visited a court with one of her aunties.

She spends most days at Ace Tennis' courts on Colyton St, and while she is yet to lock in a dream job Vada said she was open to seeing where tennis will take her.

If the path follows that of idols Federer and Rafael Nadal you can be sure the 10-year-old, who also plays hockey and touch, will be fully dedicated.

"I'm here most days of the week - probably five," she said. "I'm kind of the same as Tamie. Tennis is something that would be great to follow but I'll see what happens."

The next major junior tennis event is the Queensland Junior Teams Carnival, which will be held in Brisbane from December 12-15.



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