8 October 2018
Yvonne Fantin, the young and esteemed director of Topseed Tennis has been nominated for Tennis Victoria’s coaching excellence award.
She will be up against three other candidates in the finals for the prestigious award, which will be announced at the Tennis Victoria champions dinner later this month.
Topseed Tennis (Epping North) has one of the highest participation rates in the ANZ Hot Shots junior coaching program in the entire country. This has been possible through creating strong partnerships with primary and secondary schools in the Epping community.
However, Fantin hasn’t limited her coaching excellence to the younger generation but is also attempting to increase female participation in tennis.
Specifically, she has so far introduced a Muslim woman’s tennis program, and Australia’s first all-girls Hot Shots tennis league. She’s also provided many mature and young females, with free introductory programs into the sport through Tennis Victoria and City of Whittlesea funding.
Yvonne has also done a huge amount of work in the inclusion space. In early 2017, she formed a partnership with the Northern School for Autism and delivered a modified tennis program as part of the schools physical education curriculum. With the program being extremely well received, the school has now signed an ongoing partnership with Topseed Tennis.
Yvonne attributes her success to the family friendly and inclusive environment she has created around the club and Epping North community.
“I just want people of all ages and abilities to feel welcome and enjoy tennis” Fantin said.
Whether or not she wins the prestigious award later this month, it has no bearing on Fantin. “It would be amazing to win, but even if I don’t, that doesn’t mean I will be stopping any time soon”.