Pippa is volley good

Tennis ace Pippa Horn insists Junior Wimbledon champion Laura Robson isn't the only British teenager the LTA has something to shout about in 2009.While Robson has hogged the headlines, Horn has being tapping up British Olympians Mark Foster, Leon Taylor and Iwan Thomas as part of the Lloyds TSB Local Heroes scheme.

Tennis ace Pippa Horn insists Junior Wimbledon champion Laura Robson isn't the only British teenager the LTA has something to shout about in 2009.

While Robson has hogged the headlines, Horn has being tapping up British Olympians Mark Foster, Leon Taylor and Iwan Thomas as part of the Lloyds TSB Local Heroes scheme.

The 13-year-old, from West Harling, was welcomed back to the London 2012-driven initiative for the second year running recently at the London launch in Roehampton and will receive a �1,000 cash boost to cover competing and travelling expenses.

Horn is 20 months younger than Robson but believes age is just a number as she plots a successful 2009.


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“Realistically, my target for the year is to move up into the top ten in Europe for my age group,” said Horn - who is currently ranked 21st in Europe.

“There is no reason why I can't do that and show that Laura isn't the only British girl being successful.

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“Last year the scheme really allowed me to go away and compete abroad because that's where most of the tournaments are.

“If I can keep improving my ranking, then that would be a good year for me. It's good to come to Roehampton because I think we are all just seeing what the scheme is all about and listening to see what the Olympians have got to say.”

Horn - who has a rating of 6.1 - was a beaten finalist twice last year at the San Michel International Tournament and Liechtenstein Junior Trophy.

But five-time Olympian Foster - who made his debut at the Seoul Olympic Games in 1988 - has backed Horn to overcome her near misses and set the junior stage alight.

“Pippa has shown great potential and has proved she is a very talented tennis player,” he said.

“The tricky thing for athletes is getting themselves funded in the years before they make it into the full GB squads.

“Pippa has already taken some big steps towards that already and hopefully this funding can help her continue to improve.”

Lloyds TSB is providing �1,000 to over 250 emerging young sportspeople identified each year across Britain, in the run-up to London 2012 and beyond.

Visit Lloydstsb.com/Localheroes to see more details.

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