Legend a hit in Sale

AUSTRALIAN tennis great Evonne Goolagong Cawley hosted a come and try day for indigenous children at the Sale Tennis Club on Sunday.

This introductory clinic is a great way for five to 15-year-olds to pick up a racquet, have fun and give tennis a go.

The winner of four Australian Open, two Wimbledon and one French Open singles titles, Goolagong Cawley was joined by national indigenous coach Ian Goolagong.

This clinic is run by the Evonne Goolagong Foundation in conjunction with Tennis Australia, and is supported by the Australian Government’s Learn Earn Legend! initiative.

The Learn Earn Legend! initiative aims to encourage and support young Indigenous Australians to stay at school, get a job and be a legend for themselves, their family and their community.

These clinics are designed to encourage young indigenous Australians to pick up a racquet, have fun and give tennis a real go, with the aim to increase the number of indigenous girls and boys playing tennis to help improve their health, education and employment opportunities.

Sale Gippsland Premier League player Lexie Joyce assisted Goolagong Cawley with coaching, along with graduates of the Goolagong Foundation program Kyah Stewart and Ella Merritt.

Stewart, who began with the foundation as an eight-year-old, completed her education at the Box Hill Secondary College and is now a full time coach with the Goolagong Foundation.

Merritt also started in the clinics as an eight-year- old, receiving a scholarship through the foundation and now studies at Newcastle University.

The Goolagong team, which also includes Evonne, husband Roger Cawley and brother and national indigenous coach Ian, stayed in Sale on Sunday night before heading to Bairnsdale for clinics on Monday.

The Goolagong Foundation program will then move to Western Australia.