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U14 Indoor National - 2011
West Vancouver, BC -  Canada's best young tennis players faced off at the Hollyburn Country Club April 4 - 10.

It was nice to see for a change that our young players didn't have to travel far to compete in a national event.

Photo 1 (left):  Alejandro Tabilo of Ontario, sends a text message after beating Harrison Scott of Alberta, 7-5, 6-1, in the Boys' Singles final while his mom, Maria and his friend, Alex Gravina, REXALL Regional Training Centre coach, stand by.  Alejandro enjoyed a double celebration by winning the Boys' Doubles' event earlier. He and his partner Raheel Manji beat Christian Lakoseljac and Nathan Rahier, 6-1, 6-3, in the final.

Photo 2: Ontario's Nikki Carnovale, left, and Charlotte Petrick.   Charlotte beat her doubles partner, Nikki in the final, 6-3, 6-1, to capture the Girls' Singles title.

Photo 3: Debbie Kirkwood, Director, High Performance Tennis Canada,  presents the Girls' Doubles Champion trophies to Quebec Marie-Alexandre Leduc, left, and Marianne GareauThey beat Nikki Carnovale and Charlotte Petrick, 1-6, 6-3, 10-8, in the final.

Photo 4: Eleven-year-old Larry Zhao, left, and 13-year-old Felix Fan.

Photo 5: Ten-year-old Kirsten Prelle of Alberta was the youngest player in this year's U14 Indoor National. Kirsten beat a lot of good players and she got five games against our Rosie Johanson, before losing, 6-4, 6-1.  Kirsten and her 12-year-old sister, Madison, used to play in BC  few years ago before moving to Alberta.

Photo 6: BC's top players, from left to right: Stacey Fung, Cassie Chung and Adrea Gu.  Stacey stands at No.1, Andrea No. 2 and Cassie No. 4.

Photo 7: BC players watch the finals.  Front row, left to right, Scott Brooks, Jack Karp, Sam Gouneili.  Second row, Stacey Fung and her brother, Brandon. Top row, Alexandra Sigouin, Benjamin Sigouin, Neel Phaterpekar, Jack Davis, Isaac Davies and Kiran Phaterpekar.

Photo 8: Dimitri Penchev, BC National Training Center (NTC) head coach.

Photo 9: Tournament referees, from left to right: Ou Zhang, Joel Brobecker, Dave Oullet, Lucas Palovic, Paula Oullet, Arissa Chui, Page Mackay, Rayn Koo and Peter Coppard.  Paula and Dave are a newly wed couple.

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The opportunity of having this national event in our province saved our players and their parents big money:  $35,000 more or less, for 10 players, at an average $3,500 per player and one accompanied parent.   If we added the cost of sending the coach and other related expenses, the saving would be much more!

Because some of the provinces didn't send all of their players here due to the travel hassles and the associated costs, BC was able to send 20 players (8 boys and 12 girls) rather than the usual 10.  More opportunity for more BC players to compete and experience this national event.

Lastly, the rest of us, including many other young players, parents, coaches and tennis fans here in BC had the opportunity to watch and enjoy many good quality matches. 

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