EYES ON PRIZE FOR LEADING SCHOOL
Can the leading school maintain its place on top of the AO Blitz leaderboard?
St Charbel's College in the Sydney suburb of Punchbowl has skyrocketed up the AO Blitz schools leaderboard and has its eyes set on the top prize.
The school with the most AO Blitz points at the end of the competition will get two MLC Tennis Hot Shots mini-courts installed.
St Charbel's College primary sports co-ordinator Elise Waser said it was a prize her school would love to win.
"It could mean our tennis program can continue to grow," she said.
St Charbel's College joined the National School Partnership Program this year, allowing MLC Tennis Hot Shots to be incorporated in their physical education curriculum.
"It's been great. The school community has really taken to it and the number of students playing tennis is growing," she said.
The school was part of an AO Blitz activation last week, which included a special visit from Australian tennis star Jelena Dokic, who spoke to the school's 600 students during an assembly and joined in on some tennis activities.
"The students have been getting behind the AO Blitz idea but it wasn't until the visit that it really hit home what it was all about," she said.
"It was fantastic. All the students were so excited and it was great to see them able to play with Jelena."
Waser said Dokic joined the school's year four class to complete the Racquet Blitz challenge.
"That was a lot of fun," Waser said.
The school also run a fundraising event on the day, with students dressing in blue and pink colours and raising $800 as part of the Hold a school fundraiser challenge.
As for the secret to how the school has jumped to number one on the schools leaderboard, Waser said it was the students driving it.
"I think it is a combination of having a school community that is quite large but also because tennis is something new to a lot of them," she said.
"We did the Tennis Takeover challenge and now the students want to do it every week. They loved it. It is a bit of a logistical challenge to organise, but it is something we will do again."
It is not to late to sign up for the competition and see whether you can chase down St Charbel's College lead.