School’s in for Casey and Todd
While in town to support the Optus Australian Fed Cup Team, Casey Dellacqua has taken time out of her busy schedule to visit some of the local primary schools and talk to the kids about her tennis experiences and achievements.
“Obviously it’s disappointing that I won’t be able to play Fed Cup but I wanted to come and support the girls and it’s nice to come and see some of the locals and to get the kids involved and talk to them about what I do,”said Casey.
Joined by tennis legend Todd Woodbridge and approximately 300 eager children at the Ranfurly Primary School in Mildura, Casey shared her experiences about life on the tour.
In the relaxed atmosphere, kids were also given the opportunity to ask the important, and not so important, questions.
“Can you please sign my racquet,” asked one boy, which drew many laughs from the crowd.
Other youngsters, who were keen to learn from Casey and Todd, used the opportunity to find out about their favouite tournaments, players they looked up to and when they started playing tennis.
“It’s great when I can’t play to be able to do things like that,” said Casey of the visit to Ranfurly.
Talking about her recovery from recent shoulder surgery, with the priority to keep fit and healthy, Casey also re-iterated the importance of kids playing sport.
“It’s important these days for kids to stay active whether it’s tennis or a lot of other sports. Hopefully they can take that out of it … and keep active and really enjoy sport, and tennis hopefully.”
At the end of question time, school captains, Daniel and Chelsea, presented Casey with a present to thank her for her time and coming to speak to them because “they really appreciated it”.