Beaudesert State School’s tennis stars of the future took on south-east Queensland’s best at the Brisbane International Schools Challenge at Burleigh on Tuesday, August 28.
Comprising of Beaudesert Tennis Club juniors, the team dubbed the ‘Beauy Boomers’, performed admirably in its first ever competition to finish fifth and narrowly miss the finals.
As part of the tournament held at the flashy 11-court Gold Coast Albert Junior Tennis Centre, they faced four schools, contesting four singles matches and two games of doubles against each.
Team manager Lauren Griffin said the squad, many of whom played on a social basis only, was proud to have registered victories over two of their more fancied rivals.
“Our team was very competitive considering we were playing schools who have tennis as a subject,” she said.
“The boys represented the school with extreme pride and showed tremendous sportsmanship throughout.
“It was wonderful to see them giving everything they had to the very end.”
Mrs Griffin said all team members improved and developed their skills, and despite being exhausted at the end of the day, the kids wanted to keep playing.
She said witnessing Australian John Millman knock over the greatest of all time Roger Federer in this week’s US Open had also inspired the budding young athletes.
“Some of the Australian players at the moment aren’t the best role models,” she said.
“Most of our kids look up to the overseas stars like Federer, Djokovic and Nadal, so it’s fantastic for tennis to have some Aussie role models.”
She said Millman’s sensational upset win also showed the youngsters it was possible to make it all of the way to the top through hard work and dedication.
Deputy principal Cliff Powys said Beaudesert State School aimed to offer a wide range of sporting and cultural opportunities with students encouraged to take part in as many extra-curricular activities as possible.
He said the Federal Government Sporting Schools Program in which kids played a variety of sports during lunch times and received professional coaching was one way students were being exposed to different pursuits.
“It aims to get more kids involved and active, and to get them thinking about participating in sport,” he said.
“If they’re interested, we can connect them with sporting clubs outside of school.”
The Beau Boomers: Carter Robinson (11), Logan Taylor (10), Hayden Griffin (8), Riley Dent (8), Ashleigh Hannaford (10).
The team would like to thank Lauren and Chris Griffin for organising the students’ involvement in the tournament, transporting players to the event and managing on the day.