St John Bosco College Engadine Year 11 student Hayley Slocombe has made her mark on the tennis world stage after taking up the wheelchair sport at age 6.
She is currently seventh in the International Tennis Federation’s (ITF) junior singles world rankings after a strong performance at the Canberra Wheelchair Tennis Open in September where she played in the women’s, women’s doubles, junior and junior doubles finals. Partnering with Janine Watson, she won the women’s doubles match, 6-1, 6-0.
I love the community of friends I have made through playing tennis.
Hayley, 16, said it felt wonderful to see her effort reflected in her world ranking. She was also invited to play an exhibition match with an athlete from the Netherlands at the Sydney Invictus Games.
“I am extremely grateful for the experience, and it is one that I will remember for a very long time,” she said. “The atmosphere was incredible. There were plenty of laughs on court and I am so honoured to have been able to play in the exhibition match.
“I love the community of friends I have made through playing tennis, the exercise and seeing improvement as I practice.”