Gore High School pupil Kade Wilson (15) had success at the New Zealand 16 years tennis individual championships in Auckland earlier this month.
Kade combined with North Otago’s Mackenzie Phillips (15) to win the tier three mixed doubles event.
The championships had three tiers, with the first tier being the highest ranked,Tennis Southland Spokesman Daryl Holden said.
This was Kade’s first time competing in a national competition, he said.
In a draw that held four combinations, Kade and Mackenzie won all three matches they played.
Holden said the pair had “one very tight super tie-breaker.”
Holden said Kade’s results were testament to his strong dedication and commitment.
“Kade’s one of those juniors that every sports needs and Tennis Southland is lucky to have him.
“He’s committed, determined and has a real love for the game.
“It’s fantastic to see him improve so much, because he certainly puts the work in and is backed by ever-supportive parents, who shuttle him all around Southland and beyond to get the competition and coaching you need.”
Kade said before the championships he had not competed with Mackenzie.
“I trained with her a bit, though,” Kade said.
Overall the best bit of the championships for Kade was simply “getting to play tennis.”
He also played in a playoff for fifth to eighth in the tier three consolation singles.
Gore’s Maggie Nicholson (15) recently played in the girls’ 16 years singles at the Wanaka junior open.
Maggie, who was top seed, finished third overall. Third seed Annabelle Schneideman (16), from Canterbury, won the title.