On Tuesday evening 31 July it was indeed a pleasure to welcome Old Boy Adam Walton (2016) back to Churchie. Fresh from a training session earlier in the day with fellow Old Boy and now 2018 US Open quarter finalist John Millman (2006), Adam joined the boarders for dinner in School House Dining room before meeting with the boys from Goodwin House. A former Goodwin boarder himself, Adam is on a four year tennis scholarship at the University of Tennessee.

Since the age of five, tennis has always been a big part of Adam’s life. So, to hear that he is now studying Kinesiology really comes as no surprise. Adam’s discipline, focus and strict daily regime really proves that persistence pays. To get noticed, whilst still at school Adam played a lot of international tennis matches across the world. He chose to pursue the scholarship offer from the University of Tennessee on his coach’s recommendation and because he rates their facilities as second to none. Balancing study and a hectic training schedule is challenging, especially when the playing schedule (including nights and weekends) involves travelling across the whole of the United States.

Adam’s key messages that really resonated with the boys were to use their time wisely and to keep pushing through, particularly when the going gets tough. He then impressed on them that their school years will be some of their toughest years, but to always keep in mind that hard work does reap rewards. Furthermore, Adam acknowledged that his time at Churchie was a major influence on his ability to effectively and efficiently manage his time.

In the collegiate system, Adam is currently ranked at 90 and he has made it his aim to make the top 30. He rates meeting Andre Agassi as one of the highlights of his tennis career so far. Adam says that when he reaches the age of 22 it will be his turn to have a shot at making it onto the pro tour.

Pictured Below: Goodwin House Resident Master, Mr Ron Stanley with Adam Walton.