International visitor Pauline Daxhelet was unstoppable at this year’s Beaudesert Tennis tournament.
The Belgian ace claimed the trifecta, taking out the pennant singles, doubles and mixed doubles.
Daxhelet, who hails from the mostly French-speaking city of Mouscron which lies in the Belgian province of Hainaut along the border to France, said she was elated with the results and delighted to see her name immortalised on the club’s honour board.
“I’m really happy," she said.
“To have my name go on the honour board is like leaving a little part of me here.
“A memory that I can come back in a few years and show my family.
“They would love to see what my life was like here.”
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Daxhelet, who has loved tennis since she was six-years-old said she was relieved to discover she would be able to continue the sport while in Australia on a year-long Rotary Exchange.
She said the game was quite different tactically in each country because tennis was mostly played on clay surfaces in Belgium and the Aussie heat also added a dimension.
The 17-year-old has seven months left in the country, during which she is staying with a several local families and taking part in classes at Beaudesert State High School.
She is currently staying with the Griffins at Gleneagle and is enjoying learning about the differences in lifestyle, culture and language between Australia and her homeland.
“It’s been awesome,” she said.
“I’ve learnt a lot and had many new experiences.”
Daxhelet will mark her 18th birthday in December and is most excited to be heading to Melbourne for the Australian Open in January with her host family.
“I’ve watched it on TV since I was little with my family,” she said.
“Now I can see it for real.”
Daxhelet said the Beaudesert Tennis Club were a very close knit and supportive team and she encouraged anyone interested to join.