The 2019 Nationwide Indigenous Tennis Carnival has come to an in depth in Darwin, with 180 contributors from round Australian participating within the occasion.
The second-ever Nationwide Indigenous Tennis Carnival has come to an finish in Darwin as we speak, with Indigenous tennis legend Evonne Goolagong Cawley readily available to current the champions with their trophies.
The championship finals noticed Toby Radford (Vic) def. Charlie Pade (NSW) within the 18-and-under boys’ championship, Mikayla Zahirovic (Qld) def. Krystal Clarke (NSW) within the 18-and-under women’, Liam Williams (Vic) def Jayden Kemp (SA) within the 14-and-under boys’ and Ausha Paulson (NSW) def Asia Kahn (NSW) within the 14-and-girls’.
Tennis NT CEO and Nationwide Indigenous Tennis Carnival occasion supervisor Sam Gibson was delighted with the occasion’s success in its second 12 months.
“This 12 months’s occasion was a step up on final years. We noticed plenty of engagement from the states with Indigenous pathways and packages beginning to be constructed across the nation, offering ongoing entry to the good alternatives that tennis can convey to the entire of Australia,” Gibson mentioned.
“It’s actually necessary for us to convey these packages collectively yearly and proceed to supply a pathway for Indigenous tennis gamers. The Nationwide Indigenous Tennis Carnival is a superb celebration of tradition and tennis and we actually stay up for rising the occasion for a few years to come back.”
In a particular award presentation, Evonne Goolagong Cawley introduced 18-and-under women’ champion Mikayla Zahirovic from Townsville, Queensland with the Evonne Goolagong Cawley Medals of Excellence for her excellent management on-and-off court docket.
Sixteen-year-old Zahirovic was honoured to have acquired the Evonne Goolagong Cawley Medal of Excellence for the second time.
“I’m speechless to be sincere. I didn’t suppose I used to be going to get it this 12 months, however to be awarded it once more is an incredible feeling and I’m feeling actually honoured,” Zahirovic mentioned.
“It was good to see everybody from final 12 months enhance. They’ve all improved a lot and it was good to play some new folks and see new faces.
“It has been a incredible week on the second Nationwide Indigenous Tennis Carnival, the carnival is a superb occasion for Indigenous youth from across the nation to come back and meet new folks, share our tradition, have enjoyable and be taught extra about every thing. I believe this carnival will go on for a really very long time.”
“Ash Barty and Evonne Goolagong Cawley are my two favorite gamers. They’re positively a number of the greatest function fashions now we have on this nation, not just for all Australians however Indigenous folks.”
After ending because the runner up in 2018, Victoria’s Toby Radford, received the 18-and-under boys’ championship in opposition to Charlie Pade.
“I really feel honoured. That is my second 12 months again, final 12 months I used to be the runner up and fairly dissatisfied. I wished to come back again firing this 12 months and get the job executed, so I’m fairly pleased with this end result,” Radford mentioned.
“Our staff wasn’t anticipating to win the Ash Barty Cup. It wasn’t a really massive staff, however clearly we tried onerous each match and bought our outcomes, which helped us to say the cup.
“It has been good to meet up with everybody. Simply attending to know everybody and be taught extra in regards to the tradition right here, it’s been actually good.”
Nationwide Indigenous Tennis Carnival 2019 last outcomes
Ladies: Mikayla Zahirovic (Qld) def. Krystal Clarke (NSW) 6-Zero 6-Three
Boys: Toby Radford (Vic) def. Charlie Pade (NSW) 6-2 6-1
Ladies: Ausha Paulson (NSW) def. Asia Khan (NSW) 6-Zero 6-Zero
Boys: Liam Williams (Vic) def. Jayden Kemp (SA) 6-Four 6-Four
Evonne Goolagong Cawley Medal of Excellence
Mikayla Zahirovic (Qld)
Ash Barty Cup (participation and energy award)
Extra info on the 2019 NITC
- Greater than 180 contributors travelled to Darwin for the 2019 Nationwide Indigenous Tennis Carnival together with 84 from NT, 42 from Queensland, 20 from NSW, 10 from WA, 10 from Victoria, 9 from ACT, 6 from Tasmania, and three from SA
- NT contributors got here from 6 communities together with the Clontarf Boys Program from Nightcliff Center College and so far as Numbulwar which is an 11-hour drive
- The occasion was not solely targeted on tennis, however supplied a culturally immersive expertise which noticed contributors getting the chance to participate within the Djuki Mala workshop and live performance, be taught basket weaving, jewelry making, portray, sculpting and didgeridoo making
- The occasion is a pivotal a part of the Indigenous tennis pathway and offers a possibility for not solely elite Indigenous tennis gamers however these attempting the game for the primary time
- A mural was additionally created on the occasion to recognise and have a good time the achievements of Indigenous tennis gamers Evonne Goolagong Cawley and Ash Barty and encourage contributors attending the Darwin occasion