By Jerry Christensen | [email protected]
tennis has produced many talented athletes over its 52-year history. It has
claimed dozens of state championships in both boys and girls tennis. Even among
the many excellent Brighton tennis players, every once in a while a bright
young star emerges. Such is the case Avery Olsen, a freshman playing in the No.
1 spot, first varsity, who bested all the other first varsity players in Region
6 and earned the title of region champion.
have known about Avery and her tennis talent since was about 10 years old. I
have been waiting for years for her to become old enough to attend Brighton
High School and play for our team,” said Brighton tennis coach Natalie Meyer.
just turned 14 in June and has become Brighton’s freshman phenom on the tennis
mother, Kristy, recounts Olsen’s migration toward and embrace of tennis. “From
an early age Avery’s passion was dancing with her sister Kalli. They danced
15-20 hours a week and loved doing it. When Avery was about 8 years old she started
taking one tennis lesson a week in addition to her dance. She soon started
looking forward to that one hour a week and loved it so much! When she was 9 she
decided she wanted to do half of her week doing dance and the other half of her
week doing tennis. By the time she was 10 all she wanted to do was play tennis
and she couldn’t get enough of it, so she quit dancing and devoted all her time
to tennis. Since then she trains at least 20 hours a week in tennis and travels
all over the country playing tournaments. She is focused, determined and loves
training, competing and all things tennis.”
has had the opportunity to compete in many of the biggest tournaments in the
country. All require a high national ranking to enter. Some of the noteworthy
tournaments include the Orange Bowl in Miami and the Easter Bowl.
5A Utah State Tennis Tournament becomes her next focus with her favorable
seeding as Region 6 champion.