13th July 2018
An up-and-coming tennis star has been tipped for a bright future after impressing in an event which has helped the likes of Andy Murray to develop.
Shami Ndoro is currently ranked number one in the country for her age category. And the 10-year-old finished in fifth place in the 10-and-under girls category a the prestigious Smirkva Bowl.
The competition, which is held in Croatia, has attracted household names such as Murray, Dominic Thiem and Katie Swan over the years.
Caroline Taylor, chief executive of Essex Community Foundation (ECF), which has helped Shami develop her talent, is full of praise for the youngster. She said: "We are delighted to have been able to support Shami so that she could compete in Croatita. We wish her continued success with her tennis and future compeitions.
Shami, who attends the Southend-based Bournes Green Junior School, was able to compete in the Smirka Bowl thanks to a grant of £1,250 from ECF.
The grant was jointly funded from the Essex and Southend Sports Charitable Fund and the Annabel and Gerald Malton Charitable Fund, which are dedicated to helping young people where finance is a barrier to them achieving their sporting ambitions.
The Smirkva Bowl is the world's biggest tennis event for those aged 10 and under. More than 110 girls competed in the event, which boasted competiors from 87 countries across six continents.
Playing on a clay court for just the second time, Shami went head-to-head with a number of competitors, who are the top ranked players in their country.
In her first international event, Shami saw off Spain and Russia's best as well as the Romanian, Russian and Serbian number two players.
Shami predominantly trains at the Batchwood Sports and Tennis Centre in St Albans - which is one of the best centres in the country - and she also trains at Southend Leisure and Tennis Centre, where Southend Council have given her full use of the facilities free of charge.
Shami's coach, Mary Collins, said, "Shami is a huge talent who, with the right hard work and dedication, knows what she will achieve."
For more information about ECF and its grant funding for developing sporting individuals, please call the team on 01245 356018.
Credit to Southend Echo.