Poppy Loeskow will be heading to the Australian Open next week as one of eight finalists for the ANZ Hot Shots.
Poppy Loeskow will be heading to the Australian Open next week as one of eight finalists for the ANZ Hot Shots. Mike Knott BUN100118TENNIS2

OUR TALL POPPY: Bundy player is off to the Australian Open

TENNIS: A love for her chosen sport has seen Poppy Loeskow rewarded with a trip of a lifetime.

The Woongarra State School student is about to head to the Australian Open as one of eight finalists in the ANZ Hot Shots competition.

ANZ Hot Shots is a program that teaches up and coming players about the game, right around Australia.

As part of the program, children must explain why they love ANZ Hot Shots for their chance to be rewarded with a trip to the first grand slam of the year.

Loeskow's response was good enough to be one of only two Queenslanders picked for the prize, which is an all-expenses paid trip for herself and one of her parents.

"When I found out I won the competition I was in shock,” she said.

"I was very happy and I was excited.

"It's going to be incredible to see some amazing tennis.”

The 10-year-old will also be able to hit on Rod Laver Arena, visit the Melbourne Zoo and be interviewed by wheelchair tennis superstar Dylan Alcott.

There could also be opportunities to see players as they compete.

Loeskow said she hoped one of those players was Canadian Eugenie Bouchard.

"She's a good sport. I saw her playing a game and I just really liked what she did,” she said.

"That would be very exciting and fun and I would love that.

"It would be one of the highlights of my trip.”

Loeskow also has a shot of winning the overall competition, which would see her pocket $5000 and free coaching lessons for the year.

She would also receive a lesson in Bundaberg from current Australian Fed Cup captain Alicia Molik, along with three of her friends.

"It would be really fun to meet her and learn some tips and tricks,” Loeskow said.

The humble junior said she wouldn't be on this trip without her coaches.

"I wouldn't be doing it if my coaches weren't so energetic,” she said.

"They keep making me want to do it and come back.”

Loeskow's coach Kevin Banner said she displayed all the talent needed to succeed.

"For her it doesn't matter who wins or loses, it's all about having a game of tennis and you don't see those types of people now,” he said.

"She just wants to have fun.”

Banner said the selection was great for the club and it was an awesome feat for Loesow to represent the region.

Loeskow will be joined on the trip by her family.

Her mother Belinda said the tennis mad family couldn't wait to go.

Loeskow will start her activities in Melbourne on Tuesday.



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