Faith Lutheran College student presented with world number one Ash Barty's racquet after winning school tennis tournament

FAITH Lutheran student Aurora Saltmarsh has only been playing tennis for a few months but her prowess on the court has seen her earn a rare slice of sporting history.

BIG SWING: Faith Lutheran college student Aurora Saltmarsh with her new pride and joy - world number one tennis player Ash Barty's racquet. Photo: Jordan Crick

BIG SWING: Faith Lutheran college student Aurora Saltmarsh with her new pride and joy - world number one tennis player Ash Barty's racquet. Photo: Jordan Crick

The 11-year-old Wynnum resident is the proud owner of Ash Barty's first ever racquet, having received it from the Ipswich-born tennis pro after winning a tournament at her school.

Saltmarsh had only been playing for a few weeks before taking out the competition and said that at the time, she did not have a complete grasp of the rules.

Barty, who also had a stint in professional cricket with the Brisbane Heat, presented Saltmarsh with the racquet in person after the tournament.

It now takes pride of place on a hook in her bedroom.

"The last couple of minutes before Ash Barty left she said 'Aurora, you can have this tennis racquet. It was mine when I first started playing," Saltmarsh said.

The grade five student also got to mingle with the tennis pro after the tournament and picked up some tricks of the trade.

"One of the skills she taught me is to jump when you try to stop the ball from going out," Saltmarsh said.

Barty is currently the world's number one ranked female tennis player, having won the French Open as recently as last year.

BIG WIN: Aurora Saltmarsh won an Ash Barty racquet used in her formative years after taking out a tournament at Faith Lutheran College. Photo: Jordan Crick

BIG WIN: Aurora Saltmarsh won an Ash Barty racquet used in her formative years after taking out a tournament at Faith Lutheran College. Photo: Jordan Crick

Saltmarsh said she did not know a whole lot about Barty going into the tournament but was aware of her ranking.

"I haven't seen much of her but have heard about her a lot," she said.

"I don't watch much tennis but when my dad puts it on I get really interested and start watching."

Saltmarsh has only been attending Faith Lutheran College at Victoria Point since last term but is set to become school captain in 2021.

She hails from a proud sporting family, with her mother Olivia Saltmarsh the number three ranked CrossFit athlete in Australia.

The 11-year-old said her other passions included touch football and soccer, both of which she trained for at school.

She enjoyed the fitness that came with sport and had a personal motto for her involvement.

"I just never give up, I keep on going," Saltmarsh said.

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