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Shannon off to the US

Zanzeer Singh
Monday, August 18, 2014

UNITED States bound national tennis rep Annie Shannon is keen to enhance her skills in a bid to boost Fiji's chances of winning a gold medal at the Pacific Games in Papua New Guinea next year.

Shannon has been awarded a four-year National Collegiate Athletic Association scholarship at the Henderson State University in Arkansas.

She was introduced to the sport by her parents John and Donna at the tender age of seven and has since won many junior titles.

The 18-year-old is excited to take up the offer.

Annie said she was lucky to have been chosen as a member of the International Tennis Federation academy in Lautoka at the age of ten.

"The only major obstacles I have faced is the lack of competitive opponents in the country," she said.

"I have been able to juggle my studies and tennis through discipline.

My teachers at school and coaches at the academy have helped me a lot.

"I'm looking forward to Henderson and hope to do well."

Fiji has not won a medal in tennis at the regional games since 1999 in Guam.

Annie said they should have a strong squad for next year's event.

"It is a great opportunity to advance my studies and sport in the USA," she said.

"I will try and lift my game and come back for the Pacific Games stronger. The younger ones taking up the sport should train hard and be dedicated to the sport."

Her first title win was at the New Caledonia under-10 Championship several years ago.

She has a world junior combined ranking of 756.








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