Tennis champion says teaching Mandurah children greatest achievement

Former Australian tennis champion Lesley Hunt coaches children at the Frederick Irwin Anglican School last week.
Former Australian tennis champion Lesley Hunt coaches children at the Frederick Irwin Anglican School last week.

LESLEY Hunt is an Australian tennis champion and these days a champion coach to the children of Mandurah.

She is a former world number one junior girl’s player and top 10 ranked women’s player from 1967 to 1980.

Hunt, who is in her 60s, said tennis was still a major part of her life and enjoys teaching a new generation of stars from local schools in Meadow Springs and Halls Head.

“I’ve been fortunate to play on the pro tour, including all the grand slams, and partner with Rod Laver, Margaret Court and Martina Navratilova in doubles on many occasions,” she said.

“One of my best memories is touring the world with the Australian international team and the legendary Harry Hopman as our coach.

“Then a little later in life, as an Australian team manager, I also had the pleasure of coaching many star players including Lleyton Hewitt, Alicia Molik and Jelena Dokic.

“I live and breathe the sport, and while I have had many highlights in my career, nothing has been as rewarding as coaching children.”

Hunt coaches children of all ages.

“The younger ones do a great job of keeping me on my toes, but that’s what spurs me on,” she said.

“It’s very motivating to know I’m able to have an impact on the local community and help shape our next generation of tennis players.

Hunt is a Silver Chain client who receives regular support around the house with everyday tasks.

“The passion I have for tennis is what gets me up in the morning, but what keeps me going is the help and support I receive from Silver Chain,” Lesley said.

“The physical help has been great, but it’s the emotional support that has really boosted my confidence, kept me on my feet and helped me to continue living independently at home and coaching tennis.”

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