AO BLITZ PRIZE WINNERS ANNOUNCED

 

Prize winners for the inaugural AO Blitz announced.

One the best things about AO Blitz is not only has it created more tennis playing opportunities but we also have a number of great prizes to give away.  

Top male and female points earners on the national AO Blitz leaderboard

Jemma Gossow from Rosebery, Northern Territory was the highest female points earner nationally, based on the player leaderboard on the AO Blitz Website on 31 December 2013.

Gossow has won two tickets to the Australian Open 2014 Men's and Women's final, two nights accommodation in Melbourne and return flights from Darwin presented by Steggles.

Gossow's biggest achievement was raising over $6000 for the National Breast Cancer Foundation and Prostate Cancer Foundation Australia for partly getting her family and friends to sponsor the waxing of her father's hairy legs.  

“I have loved every bit of AO Blitz, the challenges were awesome and some were hard,” said nine-year-old Gossow. “Supporting the National Breast Cancer Foundation was also great.”  

“My whole tennis club got behind me – they even playing in the rain for me. My sister was also awesome in helping me and I even used her as target practice,” Gossow said.  

Ethan Phillips from Toogoom, Queensland was the highest male points earner nationally, based on the player leaderboard on the AO Blitz Website on 31 December 2013.  

Phillips has also won two tickets to the Australian Open 2014 Men's and Women's final, two nights accommodation in Melbourne and return flights from Brisbane presented by Steggles.  

“The AO Blitz was action-packed from start to finish,” 11 year-old Phillips said. ”I spend a lot of time playing tennis normally but the AO Blitz added extra fun challenges that I had never tried before.”  

“The competition has allowed many kids in our city to experience tennis for the first time through the school challenges and members of our tennis club worked together to complete some great club challenges,” he said.

Phillips’ biggest achievement was also fundraising for our charity partners, raising over $1500 by setting up a stall at Nikenbah markets and selling clothes on Gumtree.        

All registered players taking part in the AO Blitz  

Anyone who registered for the AO Blitz was entered into the major prize draw to win a Kia Sportage 2WD manual sedan.

We’re excited to announce that Paul Calicetto from Lakewood, NSW was the lucky winner drawn from thousands of entrants.

“The AO Blitz was an enormous amount of fun that brought the whole community together,” Calicetto said. “The committee of Kendall Tennis club worked tirelessly to ensure that we enjoyed every moment of the Blitz.”  

“This was a great initiative from Tennis Australia and am grateful for the amazing prize,” he said.  

As it turns out Paul, a father of four children, was an active participant with over 180,000 AO Blitz points to his name at competition’s end.  

He also encouraged his whole family to register, who scored over 500,000 points between them.  

Other prize winners  

Two mini courts with Bonds prize pack for every student– school with the most points: Parkes Public School
Two mini courts – school with the highest number of AO Blitz participants: Kendall Public School 
Ultimate Club package - Club with the most points nationally: Parkes Tennis Club  
Ultimate Club package – ACT club with the most points: North Woden Tennis Club
Ultimate Club package – NT club with the most points: Tennis Palmerston
Ultimate Club package – SA club with the most points: Macclesfield Tennis Club
Ultimate Club package – TAS club with the most points: Sorell Tennis Club
Ultimate Club package – QLD club with the most points: Hervey Bay and District Tennis Club
Ultimate Club package – VIC club with the most points: Melton South Tennis Club
Ultimate Club package – WA club with the most points: Esperance South Coast Tennis Club
40 inch Hisense plasma television - club who has raised the most money for charity: Blayney Junior Tennis Club

There are many other prizes still available throughout Australian Open 2014, check out the prizes page for more information.

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