The young players of Mae’s Under 12 collectively proved their worth in mini-tennis during the Guyana Tennis Association’s 2014 Christmas Interschool Tennis 10’s competition held last week at New Guyana School. Mae’s Under 12 won the coveted trophy of Best School for their participation in numbers and overall performance, while Adelicia Andries of West Ruimveldt won a new Wilson racquet donated by the Charlotte Street Wesleyan Church for Most Outstanding Player.
The Boys Winner trophy was won by Armani Wachira of Georgetown International Academy while the Boys Runner-Up was taken by Nathan Wills of Green Acres. The Girls Winner was Ashanti Persaud from Mae’s Under 12 and Girls runner-up Sunnah Sealy of Redeemer Primary. The competition format was round robin with 78 matches played by a total of 19 girls and 11 boys drawn from 11 schools. The schools that participated were: Mae’s Under 12 Primary, Georgetown International Academy, Green Acres, Lowe’s Academy, West Ruimveldt Primary, New Guyana School, Redeemer Primary, Marian Academy, St. Gabriel’s Primary, Stella Maris Primary and North Georgetown Primary.
The Tournament Coordinator and Coach Shelly Daly-Ramdyhan in her closing remarks lamented on the lower than normal overall turnout but was pleased with the relatively high number of girls which is greatly needed for the sport in the Caribbean region. To this end, the International Tennis Federation has declared the first half of 2015 as a special period for Girls Tennis and encourages its member organisations to ensure that more girls participate in the sport which in turn increases the level and quality of their game.
Overseas-based Assistant Coordinator William Spangler, who is the 5th Grade Teacher and Tennis Coach of the Georgetown International Academy, has travelled to several different countries as a 5th Grade teacher. He was impressed by the activity and the interest shown by the young players. He gave charge to his own school to keep playing and improving while enjoying the game.
GTA President Grace McCalman reminded parents that sport is critical to a child’s development. “The sacrifice must be made to ensure that children are able to reach their maximum potential while enjoying the many benefits of tennis which has great potential for fostering discipline,” she said. She thanked the management of New Guyana School for providing their tennis facilities to host the event for the second time this year. She also thanked the newest executive members specifically Scheherazade Khan and William Spangler for their presence and enthusiasm. Children whose talent is exposed through this competition are recommended for tennis coaching at clubs towards being inducted into the national tennis squad from which players are selected to represent Guyana regionally.
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