TENNIS: Boarding a plane for the first time in her life to compete in the Junior Development Series (JDS) State Tennis Finals in Rockhampton was a dream come true for local tennis talent Kristyl Hamlyn.
The 12-year-old didn't think after playing her first JDS competition in Roma in April this year to be able to improve her tennis skills to the point where she would compete at state level, but she surprised herself.
"I feel pretty happy making it to the finals because at the start of the year I was thinking 'I'm not going to get up to the state level' and now I am up there, I am more than excited,” Kristyl said.
Kristyl started playing tennis in Miles when she was six years old, but after a long break and just a bit of training while living in Mundubbera, she started structured training in September 2016 with Western Downs District Tennis coach Stephen Farrell in Chinchilla.
Farrell said Kristyl was a determined girl and has improved her skills over the last 10 months playing in a strong club where more opportunities opened up for her.
"It is really good for her to make it to the JDS State Finals representing the region because she has only been training for a year,” he said.
"She is playing the best kids in Queensland and to make it there is special.”
Kristyl said she was grateful for the opportunity and thanked her trainer, Aspiration4Kids in Sport, her older brother and the community for all their support throughout the
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