York Junior Tennis Club is participating in an Australia wide challenge raising funds for charity and an opportunity to win prizes.

The challenge is known as the Australian Open Blitz. The more points participants gained by completing challenges, the higher their town will rank on the leader board. At the end of the AO Blitz, 128 towns will be awarded an Australian Open male tennis player and 128 towns a female player. Individuals also accumulate points for themselves and a chance to win prizes.

The towns that earned the most points will be represented on court by one of the world’s top tennis players. The top-ranked players will be allocated to the top-ranked towns and a chance to win major prizes. A coin toss will decide which top town on the leader board wins the No.1 men’s seed and the No.1 women’s seed.

There were many challenges for participants including 'getting coached' which involved having a coaching lesson with a Tennis Australia qualified coach and worth 300 points; 'social play' required photographic evidence of having a social hit of tennis and worth 100 points and 'compete' which involved playing in a local competition to earn 300 points.

The towns represented by the Australian Open 2014 men’s and women’s champions will be treated to an AO Blitz party for the whole community and other prizes. The top points earner will receive a $ AU10,000 ANZ Bank account. There will also be prizes for top point-scoring schools and tennis clubs.

The National Breast Cancer Foundation and Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia joined forces to become the official charity partners of the AO Blitz. Several of the challenges were to raise funds for cancer research.

At the time of writing, York Club was ranked 11 in Australia and first in WA on the leader board. The challenge closed on December 31 and results will be announced progressively in three rounds between January 6 and 31. For more information visit: http://aoblitz.com.au/about/view/what-is-the-ao-blitz

ABOVE: York junior tennis players were among those at the opening of the new tennis courts in 2012 and beneficiaries  of the better facilities.