Ashleigh Barty takes AO tropy to Uluru, plays tennis with Aboriginal children (VIDEO)



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Ashleigh Barty takes AO tropy to Uluru, plays tennis with Aboriginal children (VIDEO)

Australian tennis star Ashleigh Barty took her Australian Open trophy to Uluru and played tennis with Aboriginal children in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Barty, who traveled to Central Australia in her role as Tennis Australia’s First Nations Ambassador, absolutely enjoyed her time in Uluru as she is thrilled to be in this position to promote positive values.

“It’s really hard to put into words, just because it’s a feeling,” Barty said.

“When you actually go to Uluru for the first time like I did, it was just an incredible experience for me to understand how much of a spiritual connection Uluru has for so many communities. “But also as a child, as an Aboriginal girl growing up, it’s the heartbeat of our nation … being able to experience that first-hand is something I always wanted to do.

“To be able to allow myself, through my profession and through my career to have this opportunity was really special”.

Barty also visited Alice Springs

Racquets and Red Dust aims to create a path for First Nations people to experience and try tennis.

In Alice Springs, Barty got a chance to see First Nations students in action. “They are incredible athletes … they started playing tennis a couple of days ago and we were already having some rallies, which is just mind-blowing,” Barty said.

“I think it brings people together first and foremost. It allows people to feel safe in an environment. “Of course, there’s the health and wellbeing attributes that come with being fit, being outdoors and I think the education also comes with the opportunity.

It’s learning a new skill, it’s talking to people, it’s learning different ways of life, connecting with people that come from all walks of life”. Barty has had a stunning start to the year, winning back-to-back titles at the Adelaide International and Australian Open. Barty is set to return to action at the Indian Wells Masters.