Hamilton Island Tennis Squad

Hamilton Island Tennis Squad (Photo: Jenni Shah)

Hamilton Island Tennis Squad (Photo: Jenni Shah)

We had a road-trip last weekend to the opposite end of the Whitsundays, past Mackay in fact to Sarina. The occasion was the first tournament for the 2012 Hamilton Island Tennis Squad. Most of the squad, aged 6-14 years, are students of Hamilton Island State School. The others do a daily commute to schools on the mainland in Airlie Beach and beyond.

It was the first tournament for many of the players (and their families) and we were delighted with how they coped with the excitement, the newness and the heat! The “Hammo” kids made up nearly a quarter of the players at the tournament, which meant that there were a few matches against training partners. In fact I think they liked those matches the best! Hamilton Island tennis pro and squad coach Tania Shortland dispensed advice before leaving players to find their feet. One of the squad, Lewis, even won a trophy for winning his pool.

It was a great weekend away from the Island (though the accommodations didn’t quite match our Hamilton Island hotels!) and we are all looking forward to the rest of the season.

Hamilton Island Tennis Squad (Photo: Jenni Shah)

Hamilton Island Tennis Squad in action in Sarina (Photo: Jenni Shah)