Alice Hollings (R, Year 10), returns to School this term as Cumbria U14 County Champion for Tennis. Entering the competition as no.3 seed, Alice beat the no.1 seed, keeping a cool head and also winning at Doubles, with both matches going to tie-breaks.

Alice, from Brampton, Cumbria, said: “I believe that beyond the fitness and technical skill that I work on all year, training twice a week with my coach Max Shaw, I got this far in the competition because I don’t blow up – I am polite on court and I keep calm.

In what can be a very competitive sport on and off the court, my parents’ values and the values I learn at Sedbergh keep me grounded. At Sedbergh I also enjoy running and netball, and we have a really strong tennis team.

I love the fact that tennis is a traditional English game and that it’s up to you at that moment on court, but I also enjoy the team culture when I play for School. My ultimate aim is to get a tennis scholarship to an American university after leaving Sedbergh.”

Sedbergh School Head Coach Jon Griffin said: “Alice has had a great year on the tennis court helping the Sedbergh Senior Girls team reach the National finals of the Aberdare Cup, representing Cumbria and now becoming County singles and doubles champion. Alice works very hard in her lessons and thoroughly deserves her success.”

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