Yarrawonga youngster Jack Bassett is taking all before him in sport, especially his favourite sport, tennis.
Last Friday, Jack represented the Hume Region in the State School Tennis Championships in Melbourne.
In what was a high standard round robin tournament, the top 16 primary school players - all in Grade 6 except for Jack who is in Grade 5 - battled it out.
Jack, who turned 11-years-of-age last month, played three sets, winning one 8-4 and pushing his older opponents all the way in going down 8-5, 8-6.
In April this year, Jack participated in the Wayne Arthurs Cup at Kooyong representing the Goulburn Region team against the best 10 and under tennis players throughout Victoria. Over the weekend he was one of just two players to be undefeated in all his singles matches.
At this stage he is ranked in the top five for boys his age but has beaten three of the boys ranked higher than him.
Over the past 12 months Jack has won many 10 and under singles tournaments in Shepparton, Wangaratta, Yarrawonga, Bendigo, Albury, Warrnambool and Wodonga. He also won many doubles events in these towns.
Since eight-years-of-age, the Grade 5 student at Yarrawonga College P-12 practised and played tennis under the tutorage of highly respected, former full-time coach, Jon Coleman.
The now part time coach said Jack has “enormous potential”. “Jack played in a lot of tournaments over the summer but needs hard competitions for his development,” his coach told the Yarrawonga Chronicle.
“I’m extremely happy the way he’s going. His service has improved. His ground strokes are excellent - nice, smooth returns.
“Jack relies on his fitness in wearing down opponents. He constantly returns the ball. One rally went 50 shots recently.”
Jack has now moved up to the 12 and under age group. The competition is tougher with some very talented players who solely focus on tennis as their sport.
Although Jack’s favourite sport is tennis, he has a number of other sporting interests.
He has been playing table tennis since the age of six and was the youngest player in the history of the Yarrawonga & Mulwala Table Tennis Association to be a regular A Grade player at eight-years-of-age. Last year he was ranked in the top 8 in Victoria for his age.
But other sporting pursuits have taken precedence and he is not playing in tournaments this year. He is now happy to play in his Mum’s team every Monday night in the local competition.
Jack’s preferred winter sport is soccer where he plays in the Cobram Junior Soccer Association every Saturday. He is a determined midfielder who runs to every contest and has currently kicked the most goals in his age group so far this season.
He also enjoys playing in the domestic basketball competition and the Friday night football competition where he was the league’s best and fairest for Under 10s last year. He is also the youngest player at the local snooker club.
“Jack is extremely lucky to be able to play such a variety of sport in our area and values all the friendships he has developed,” proud dad and 2014 Godfather of the Year, Jason Bassett, said. “He is lucky to have Jon as his coach. Jon is an amazing coach who has achieved so much as both player and coach.”