Congratulations Yvonne what a great achievement. Epping North is proud of you!...
Epping North’s own Tennis Coach Yvonne Fantin, the young Director of Topseed Tennis was one of four finalists nominated for Tennis Victoria’s Coaching Excellence Award, from 800 Victorian coaches.
Yvonne was up against three other candidates in the finals for this prestigious Award and even though she didn’t take the trophy this year, she commented “I’m going to go back stronger next year and hopefully win it!”.
Topseed Tennis (Epping North) has one of the highest participation rates in the ANZ Hot Shots Junior coaching program in the entire country. This has been possible through creating strong partnerships with primary and secondary schools in the Epping community.
However, Fantin hasn’t limited her coaching excellence to the younger generation but is also attempting to increase female participation in tennis. Specifically, she has so far introduced a Muslim Woman’s Tennis program, and Australia’s first all-girls Hot Shots Tennis League. She’s also provided many mature and young females, with free introductory programs into the sport through Tennis Victoria and City of Whittlesea funding.
Yvonne has also done a huge amount of work in the inclusion space. In early 2017, she formed a partnership with the Northern School for Autism and delivered a modified tennis program as part of the school’s physical education curriculum. With the program being extremely well received, the school has now signed an ongoing partnership with Topseed Tennis.
Yvonne attributes her success to the family friendly and inclusive environment she has created around the club and Epping North community. “I just want people of all ages and abilities to feel welcome and enjoy tennis” Fantin said.
The day after the Tennis Victoria’s Coaching Excellence Awards, Yvonne received fantastic news that the Governor of Victoria, Linda Dessau had invited her to Government House along with some of her Autistic students she coaches, for a Tour of Government House and the opportunity to play on the grass tennis courts at Government House.