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GRANT: Lea Van der Zwalmen – Ladies World Rackets Challenge 2019

The Queen’s Club Foundation are proud to have supported Lea Van der Zwalmen in her Rackets World Challenge which took place on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th May at The Queen’s Club. She was victorious at retaining her World Title. On behalf of the Queen’s Club Foundation, we would all like to congratulate Lea on her incredible achievement and also to all the other players who have competed in this Tournament. The grant from QCF supported Lea for new rackets, lessons and court hire for practice leading up to the Challenge.

The preliminary matches on Saturday saw Georgie Willis beat Ella Gaskell, George Gunn and Tara Lumley, for the right to play against India Deakin (Winner of the National Schools 2018 and 2019). Georgie then went on to beat India in three exciting games and on Sunday for the final she was up against Lea. Results: Georgie Willis vs India Deakin 14/17 15/12 15/5.

The Championship Challenge saw Lea beat Georgie convincingly (15/4 15/0 15/2). The match was supported by a big crowd cheering on both players.

Lea commented: “I would like to thank you and the entire Foundation for their amazing support. I am very pleased with the way I have played all season and especially in this important match. It was extra special to play on my home court in front of a packed gallery of supporters. I feel motivated as ever to keep pushing hard on both the Rackets and Real Tennis season for the new season coming up.”

Lea’s aim is to become World Champion in both Rackets and Real Tennis and retaining her Rackets Title is one step along towards this goal.

The Queen’s Club Foundation grant will continue to support Lea in her training throughout this year and aim to help grow the Ladies Rackets game.