Uncovering indigenous talent

AN indigenous come and try day on Sunday at Sale Tennis Club was hailed an unqualified success by 14-time grand slam legend Evonne Goolagong-Cawley.

The come and try day gave indigenous children between the ages of five and 15 the chance to have fun and give tennis a try.

The day was a joint initiative between Tennis Australia, Tennis Victoria, the Evonne Goolagong Foundation and Sale Tennis Club.

Nearly 60 indigenous children from throughout Gippsland and as far away as Melbourne attended the day.

Activities on the day included a talk from Evonne Goolagong-Cawley, tennis activities including Tennis Hot Shots and game play and coaching from national indigenous coach Ian Goolagong as well as indigenous and Sale Tennis Club coaches Nick Board and Abe Schuback.

Evonne’s husband, Roger Cawley, co-ordinated the day and provided coaching and mentoring .

The day included talent identification by the coaches and it is hoped many indigenous children will gain much more exposure to the sport, with the best players offered scholarships in elite programs.