Texas star

By Clare Newman

Thursday, April 17, 2014

 

Texas star

Reegan Greenwood

TENNIS

TENNIS player Reegan Greenwood, is about to finish a second successful year Stateside.

Reegan, 19, of Ryde, is currently studying for a criminal justice degree at the University of Texas Pan American, where she is also enrolled on a full tennis scholarship.

So far this season, she has had the most singles wins on her team, winning 13 out of 16 matches. And, after teaming up with a new doubles’ partner from Greece in January, she has also won 12 doubles matches.

Along with the rest of her team, Reegan has helped make history as the Broncs, as they are known, have beaten six other universities in a row.

Other student athletes on the team are from Canada, Bulgaria, Slovakia, Greece, Mexico and America.

To be a student athlete at a Division 1 university is tough and requires a lot of hard work and discipline. As well as playing and travelling in and around America, students are expected to perform in the classroom and grades are monitored weekly.

While away on road trips, work and assignments have to be completed for classes that are being missed.

"It’s a hard life and you are constantly tired, but the support from your teammates and staff encourages you to do well," Reegan said.

When not training, playing or studying, athletes partake in a lot of community work involving visits to sick children in hospital, volunteering in care homes and many charity tennis matches and events.

To end the season, the Broncs will be competing in the Western Athletic Conference Championships .

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