LITTLE KID, BIG TROPHY: Seven-year-old Kaiden Wendt from Ipswich Grammar School with the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup, the trophy awarded to the mens winner of the Australian Open.
LITTLE KID, BIG TROPHY: Seven-year-old Kaiden Wendt from Ipswich Grammar School with the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup, the trophy awarded to the mens winner of the Australian Open. Rob Williams

Kaiden is feeling ace

IPSWICH youngster Kaiden Wendt has been given a taste of what it must feel like to be a champion tennis player.

The seven-year-old was among the students at Ipswich Grammar School who got to lift the same Australian Open trophy that tennis greats like Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic have held up.

The opportunity was part of an AO Blitz participation drive aimed at encouraging kids to take up tennis.

The AO Blitz is an online interactive competition that invites individuals, schools and clubs to take on a series of tennis-themed challenges to win prizes.

Until January, representatives will visit schools and tennis clubs across the nation to promote the contest.

AO Blitz representatives appeared at several schools in Ipswich yesterday, and brought along the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup.

The large, silver trophy is awarded to the men' s winner of the Australian Open.

As the AO representatives toured the schools they informed students how they could take part in the contest.

Registered participants earn points for completing a series of tennis challenges to be named among the top 256 "tennis towns" in Australia'.

The more points you win by completing challenges, the higher your nominated town will rank on the leaderboard.

At the end of the AO Blitz, 128 towns will be awarded an Australian Open male tennis player and 128 towns will be awarded a female player.

A coin toss will decide who gets the No.1 men's seed or the No.1 women's seed.

The towns represented by the Australian Open 2014 men's and women's champions will be treated to an AO Blitz party for the entire community and other great prizes.

The competition is open to everyone. To register visit aoblitz.com.au



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