August 3, 2022 | tennis SA
Aspiring First Nations players begin their tennis journey in the footsteps of their native tennis heroes, Grand Slam champions Ash Barty and Evonne Goolagong Cawleywhen the third edition of the National Indigenous Tennis Carnival starts next week in Darwin, Northern Territory.
A team of eight South Australians will join the largest number of entrants in the event’s history as it takes place on the Darwin International Tennis Centre from 11 to 14 August 2022.
With 230 players from every state and territory, the Carnival will feature two streams – one for general participation and another for competition, in both the 14h and 18h age groups.
Off the track, a variety of culturally immersive experiences will take place over the four days, including a community concert featuring a native electronic music duo Electric fields from 5.30 p.m. friday 12 august.
Goolagong Cawley said the National Indigenous Tennis Carnival is a fantastic way to bring together the cultures of tennis, Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander.
“It’s a dream come true to be a part of this National Indigenous Tennis Carnival and to see how tennis can have such a positive impact on communities and do so much good,” said Goolagong Cawley.
“Celebrating culture, improving the health and well-being of everyone involved and promoting education are all so important to me.
“It’s great to see kids of all ages enjoying the sport I love – whether they’re discovering it for the first time or given the chance to develop and improve their skills.
“Tennis Australia and the States are working with Indigenous youth across the country to help create avenues and opportunities for these players, which is exciting.
“This carnival will celebrate these children and bring everyone from all over the country together.”
“Since the National Indigenous Tennis Carnival was introduced in 2018, it has played an integral role in our tennis participation strategy, offering young First Nations people the opportunity to pick up a racket and get involved in the sport,” Tennis Australia Chief Tennis Officer Tom Larner said.
“The Carnival is not only an unmissable opportunity to introduce a love of tennis and competition, it is also a celebration of the rich culture of the First Nations people.”
In the run-up to this year’s Carnival, state-run Indigenous tennis events have been staged across the country, encouraging participation and skill development ahead of the national event in Darwin.
The Evonne Goolagong Medal of Excellence and the Ash Barty Cup are awarded at the end of the Carnival.
Team South Australia
Madison Ah Chee
Matthew Fitzgerald – Team Manager
Jessica Gardner – Team Manager
Schedule of the National Indigenous Tennis Carnival 2022
|Thursday 11 August|
|5.30 pm||National Indigenous Tennis Carnival participants arrive
Welcome to the Landing and Opening Ceremony at the Darwin International Tennis Center
|friday 12 august|
|9:30 am||National Indigenous Tennis Carnival begins and tennis matches begin|
|5.30 pm||Community concert with native electronic music duo Electric fields|
|Saturday 13 August|
|9:00 am||Tennis Matches Continue at National Indigenous Tennis Carnival|
|16.00 hours||2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Tennis Finals begin|
|sunday 14 august|
|9:00 am||Presentations and closing ceremony|