Narooma future tennis stars head to Melbourne

NAROOMA’s future tennis stars brother and sister AJ and Sophie Foster are heading off to Melbourne this weekend to participate in two different events.

AJ has being selected as one of 26 kids to attend the Goolagong National Camp for 2014. More than 1200 kids participated in the country-wide program seeking selection to the camp.

He will be in Melbourne for a week-long intensive camp at Monash University, where he will experience what it would be like to live, eat and train like a pro.

AJ is one of the youngest kids ever picked to go to the camp.

Keep an eye out for him on Sunrise on Tuesday, January 13 during the sports cross form 6.30am.

His sister Sophie meanwhile is one of 12 young tennis players heading to Australian Open 2014 to enjoy a money-can’t-buy Australian Open experience, thanks to MLC.

The 12 young stars have been selected as nominees in the MLC Tennis Hot Shot of the Year competition. The competition recognises and rewards an MLC Tennis Hot Shots participant each month who best demonstrates the spirit of tennis – through their participation, enthusiasm and enjoyment of the game.

MLC has rewarded each of the nominees with a VIP trip to the Australian Open, an equipment pack and an iPod Touch.

While in Melbourne the 12 lucky nominees will attend an official MLC Tennis Hot Shots Awards Night at the Melbourne Zoo, play on Rod Laver Arena and watch superstars of the game battle it out on court.

“I can’t wait! It’s going to be a once in a lifetime experience,” said MLC Tennis Hot Shot of the year nominee,” Sophie said.

“Our coaches have been teaching us lots of different tennis skills this year, so to watch the best players in the world will be amazing.”

The overall MLC Tennis Hot Shot of the Year winner, chosen from the 12 monthly nominees, will receive $5000 thanks to MLC, one year of free tennis coaching and a visit from MLC Tennis Hot Shots Ambassador Alicia Molik to their local tennis club for a private lesson with three friends.

MLC Tennis Hot Shots is Tennis Australia’s official development program specifically designed for primary school-aged children. In the past 12 months, more than 500,000 kids have enjoyed an MLC Tennis Hot Shots experience in more than 1000 venues across the country.

MLC State Manager for New South Wales, Murray Neaves, spoke about how the partnership enables MLC to support the future of Australian tennis.

“At MLC we believe in the power of coaching. Whether you require a financial coach or a tennis coach, the right advice and support will help you achieve success,” he said.

“MLC Tennis Hot Shots allows us to support coaches and the community to help Australian families, both on and off the court.

“From grassroots to Grand Slam, MLC supports tennis across the country.”

For more information about MLC’s tennis partnership and your chance to win $5,000 visit

SEEING STARS: Sophie Foster is off to be a Tennis Hot Shot at the Australian Open.

SEEING STARS: Sophie Foster is off to be a Tennis Hot Shot at the Australian Open.

YOUNG STAR: AJ Foster at the state camp in December with the coaches.

YOUNG STAR: AJ Foster at the state camp in December with the coaches.


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