Star Huxley set to take tennis talent to the United States

Local tennis star Brittany Huxley will be off to the US next year to pursue a scholarship. Photo: JoJo Newby / The Daily Examiner
Local tennis star Brittany Huxley will be off to the US next year to pursue a scholarship. Photo: JoJo Newby / The Daily Examiner Jojo Newby

TENNIS star Brittany Huxley received the final feather in her high school sports cap at an awards ceremony in Ballina earlier this month.

Huxley was named most outstanding female sports person at the North Coast School Sports Association Awards.

It's the second time the recent Grafton High School graduate has earned the award. She claimed the same honour in 2010.

"It felt pretty good when my name was read out but it was a surprise," Huxley said. "I was out for most of last season with injury so I didn't expect it at all."

In her final year of high school competition, Huxley helped lead Grafton High School to victory in the New South Wales All Schools championship in September.

GHS defeated 2011 champion Westfields Sports High School 7-1 in the final.

The team of Huxley, Emily Allen, Rachel Fahey and Georgia Allen were named the most outstanding school sporting team on the North Coast.

Huxley kept up a phenomenal high school tennis record, never dropping a game.

"It was great to beat Westfields this year, especially after they got us last year," Huxley said.

"I guess I'm lucky to be able to say I never lost because it's usually tough competition." The 18-year-old's tennis journey isn't anywhere near ending after she qualified for a scholarship to ply her trade in the USA.

Huxley leaves for the southern state of Arkansas next month, and has been getting in as much time training with coach Phil Beckman as she can before leaving.

"I was training with the Asia Pacific Institute down in Sydney last week," Huxley said. "I haven't been playing too much this year because of the HSC. Now that's over I've been training almost every day and trying to get as much in before I go as I can."

Having lived in Grafton her entire life, Huxley admitted she was slightly nervous about the move.

"The town I'm going to isn't as small as Grafton but it isn't massive," Huxley said. "I'm pretty excited to get started over there - I can't wait."

Every athlete has a small piece of advice that has helped them get through whatever barriers get in their way.

Huxley is no different, and departs with a simple message that has guided her from a tennis player in Grafton to one of the best young talents on the courts: "Enjoy it. Keep working hard but have fun."

Honour Roll

Two-time NSW Open CHS singles champion

NSW Open CHS doubles champion

NSW Open CHS mixed doubles champion

Three-time NSW Open CHS representative

Two-time NSW Open All Schools representative

Two-time North Coast Most Outstanding Female Sports Person (2010, 2012)

Six-time No.1 ranked North Coast regional team player

NSW CHS knockout champion (Grafton High School team)

NSW All Schools champion (Grafton High School team)

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