reporter Dan Black’s heart-warming item about 12-year-old Harrison Phelan’s inclusion in Lancashire select cricket squad’s tour of Barbados reminded me I had seen Harrison’s innate ball game skills before.
Dan mentions Harrison’s involvement in football and golf. I also saw a potential tennis player. In 2008, Pendle Leisure Services were co-ordinating their introduction to sports’ week and Craven Tennis Club filled the introduction to tennis slot.
Myself and the hockey player, Carole Pickles, who also wields a mean tennis racket, put 20 youngsters through their paces. Harrison, who said he had never had a racket in his hand before, shone from the start.
His appreciation of instructions, his concentration, ball sense, hand-eye co-ordination and quiet but determined competitive spirit, marked him out as something very special.
If Harrison had been born in London SW19 (Wimbledon) instead of Pendle, I feel sure he would have been British junior tennis squad material by now, perhaps a budding Fred Perry.
Best of luck, Harrison, and keep up the good work!