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Tennis: Youngsters commemorate International Day of Sport for Development and Peace

By Sahr Morris Jnr.

A number of young lawn tennis starts joined by their national team coach, Amidu Dumbuya last Sunday competed in a day championship to commemorate the first International Day of Sport for Development and Peace.

The youngster were able to engage themselves in a day competition under the umbrella of the Sierra Leone Kids’ Tennis Association, a program of Lemonaid Fund which was established in 2007 and was a joint initiate of the National Tennis Coach, Amidu Dumbuya, Sarah Johnston- an Education consultant.

Young tennis players like, Johnnny, Musaba, Balu and Mahmoud all joined by the like of Matu and Davinda to demonstrate their skills and their commitment to developing their abilities and recognizing the important part that tennis and sport have played in improving their lives.

Saarh Johnston, Advsor to Sierra Leone Kids’ tennis commented on Amidu’s long term commitment to the children and their sports development.

She said: “I hope today will not only highlight the contribution of coaches like Amidu to the community and to peace but will also encourage the SLTA, the Sierra Leonean government, private sector and community to support these young people and help them achieve their sporting goals.

She also noted that these young male and female players have already demonstrated their commitment to the sport and their own development. “They deserve ongoing support so they can develop further, represent their country and become role models for future generations.”