Teen tennis sensation wins second junior award

TENNIS teen queen Zoe Hives is back-to-back winner of the Wunhym Trophy as Ballarat’s Junior Sportsperson of the Year.

The 16-year-old was one of three nominees for the award, along with cross country runner Jack Davies and track athlete Nicholas Milton.

Hives said it was a great honour to simply be nominated.

She said last year was the most exciting of her tennis career to date, representing Australia in the under-16 Junior Federation Cup before playing in the junior girls singles at the Australian Open at the start of this year.

“Last year was full on with training and playing,” she said.

“It was my best year, especially representing Australia. I was so proud.

“Playing Junior Federation Cup in Barcelona was the highlight. Tennis is usually an individual sport, so it’s great to play in a team.”

From Kingston, Hives is a graduate of the WestVic Academy of Sport tennis program, and is now 48th ranked player in Australia. This year she won the 2012 Waverly Queen’s Birthday Gold AMT open, the 2012 Queensland Junior Claycourt International and was a finalist at the 2012 New South Wales Junior International.

In another triumph for racquet sports last night, badminton stalwart Brian Christopher received the McKenzie Award as Ballarat Sports Administrator of the Year. 

“It is an honour to be recognised for doing something you enjoy so much,” he said.

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