Georgia in State team
RISING young tennis sensation Georgia Allen continues to carve out a promising career on the courts.
The 10-year-old whiz-kid represented the North Coast Girls Primary School team last week in Bathurst and was rewarded for her efforts with a place in the NSW PSSA team to compete in the Australian Championships in Bendigo, Victoria in October later in the year.
Allen was joined in the North Coast team by two more Grafton Public School tennis stars, Bonnie Moon and Rachel Fahey. After consistent efforts in both singles and doubles Rachel was named first reserve for the State team.
The team breezed through the round games but hit a hurdle on day two, going down to MacKillop Catholic School in the final.
The Philip Beckman-coached Allen played outstanding tennis over the two days, and was the only girl to go through the tournament undefeated.
Georgia’s mum Jodie, who is secretary of the Grafton Tennis Club, said the look on her daughter’s face when the NSW team was announced was worth the long haul to Bathurst.
“They announced the team on the second day at the presentations and I’ve never seen her more excited,” Jodie said.
“It was a great effort and it has been a goal of hers this year to make the State team. Georgia was the only player from this region to be picked.”
A quick look at the record books revealed Allen will be the first girl to be selected from Grafton Public School to compete in the Australian championships.
The most recent tennis player from Grafton Public to represent NSW at the Australian championships was Michael Beckman, brother of Allen’s coach Philip Beckman.
“They announced the team on the second day at the presentations and I’ve never seen her more excited.”