Meriden tennis players have been awarded for their remarkable sporting achievements at the New South Wales Combined Independent Schools Awards ceremony.
Year 7 student, Valentyna Rosa, accepted three awards, including the prestigious VM Medway Award for the Primary Outstanding Sportsgirl of the Year. The award recognises a student who displays exceptional commitment, leadership and talent in a CIS sport. This is the first time a Meriden student has received this award.
In 2022, Valentyna served as captain of the New South Wales Team at the School Sport Australia Primary Tennis Championships. Valentyna played at the top of her game and remained undefeated in her singles matches, helping her team to place third overall and win the Don Moon Trophy. Mira Arvind, who is also in Year 7, was a member of this winning team. As a result of the teams’ success, the NSWPSSA Tennis Team was named the CIS Primary Team of the Year.
Other awards of significance were presented to Indiya McLeod, Class of 2022, who received a Blue Award for Tennis and the Outstanding Secondary Contribution Award in recognition of her success in CIS sport. Indiya is also the first Meriden student to have received this special honour.
In 2022, Indiya represented her School and state in tennis as a member of the New South Wales CIS and All Schools Tennis Teams and served as captain of the New South Wales Team for the Pizzey Cup Competition.
When accepting her award, Indiya, who was a member of Meriden’s Olympus Program for elite athletes, thanked Meriden and its coaches for supporting her throughout her sporting career. Indiya was a valued leader within Meriden’s tennis program, and she continues to play a pivotal role in mentoring the next generation of up-and-coming players working as a coach.
Congratulations to all of Meriden’s award winners. The School community is proud of your dedication to your sport and looks forward to following your successes on the court.