GIVING Indigenous kids in the region a chance to gain valuable life skills and learn about the sport of tennis, former world number one tennis player, Evonne Goolagong-Cawley visited Shepparton recently holding a Tennis Come and Try day.
Part of the Learn Earn Legend initiative, which aims to encourage and support young Indigenous Australians to stay at school, to get that job and be a legend for themselves, their family and their community, the day was to be a great way for all involved to have fun, give tennis a real go and learn valuable skills for life.
Evonne Goolagong-Cawley spoke with The Adviser saying the program has always been a dream of hers and she is looking forward to carrying it on and getting more Indigenous children involved.
“We had a really good turnout and Shepparton is a fantastic sporting area.
“The important lesson though is to teach the kids to stay in school and I am looking to find ways to help continue coaching lessons in the area and get the kids into sporting clubs or even just to play socially.
“One of the programs biggest success stories has come from Kyah Stewart, who has become a legend as one of the coaches in the program,” Evonne said.
For further information on Tennis Australia’s Indigenous programs visit www.tennis.com.au/players/diversity.