Riley May, Kimberley Thaggard, Tamie Chew and Janae Chew competed at their first tournament on the weekend.
Riley May, Kimberley Thaggard, Tamie Chew and Janae Chew competed at their first tournament on the weekend.

Bay juniors impress at tournament

THE TALENT and dedication of four youngsters from the Hervey Bay AllStarr Tennis Academy has continually impressed coach Steve Starr – and that was no different when they competed at their first tournament at Bundaberg last weekend.

Riley May, 9, Kimberley Thaggard, 9, Tamie Chew, 9, and Janae Chew, 10, travelled with Starr and 20 other academy members to compete in the tournament.

“The girls have been training with us for about two or three years and play fixtures at the Hervey Bay and District Tennis Association,” Starr said.

“They have been keen to take their tennis to the next level and have been busy honing their skills with additional private session and intensive squad training.”

Starr said their level of discipline was also pleasing.

“Their discipline and attitude toward training is that of a professional and, just as importantly, the level of sportsmanship is very high.

“It’s so rewarding to see the next wave of juniors improving so quickly and the fact that there are so many girls rising through the ranks is promising for the future of womens tennis.”

Starr said they handled the workload well on the weekend.

“The girls performed beautifully over the two day event, playing on both hard court and artificial grass courts and playing a minimum of six matches each.”

The junior development tournaments allow players to continue playing through the weekend regardless of wins or losses, allowing them maximum match play and valuable on-court experience.

“I am so proud of our juniors and the way they conduct themselves on court,” Starr said.

“They are doing our academy and Hervey Bay proud.”

The AllStarr juniors will be in action again in Rockhampton, where they will compete in the next round of the CQ Junior Masters.

That will be held on March 13 and 14.



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