The benefits of sport are well known and tennis offers more than most. Unlike team sports such as football, tennis is much more of a test of individual skill and grit, and has a different set of inspirational lessons for all those who want to succeed in entrepreneurship and other walks of lives.
Tennis has a long history at Sacred Heart College dating back to the days when the school was based on the Richmond Road site. Over recent years we have seen a continued growth in numbers and currently field eight teams in the Auckland Secondary schools Saturday morning competition which also sees our Senior A1 team playing in the premier grade.
The Sports Institute introduced Tennis as a new sport in 2012 for players in Years 7 to 10 as a way of strengthening and developing teams in all grades.
Players train two to three times a week and as a result of this we have teams at three levels all playing in the A1 grade Junior A1, Intermediate A1 and our premier team. Our Premier A1 team after being promoted to the Premier grade in 2011 have continued to build on this success and 2015 has again seen the boys Auckland semi-finalists finishing a very credible 3rd equal with Auckland Grammar. Both our Junior A1 and Intermediate A1 team finished in the top six. Other teams to place were the Junior A3 boys finishing first, the Intermediate A3 Boys finishing 3rd and the Senior A3 (4) team placing first in their respective grades.
Other highlights include Tim Heslin, our number one player being selected as an Auckland Representative at the National Junior 16u Teams event played in Canterbury in 2015. Tim was also a singles and doubles finalist at the Auckland Secondary Schools Championships, along with doubles partner Dominic David. In the Junior Division, Jackson Chambers and Adam Chappell were semi finalists in their grade at the Auckland Secondary School Champs.