Simon O’Connor / Things.
Jaden Harrison is leaving for the United States after receiving a tennis scholarship from Seattle University.
On Sunday, 18-year-old Jaden Harrison will travel to the United States to begin a four-year tennis scholarship.
Harrison will study business and psychology at Seattle University in Washington, D.C., and will play tennis as well as a four-year degree.
However, it still has to pack for its big move.
“I’ll put the bags together on Thursday or Friday,” the young Tarnaki laughed.
Harrison first picked up a racket when he was six years old in the Wyatt Beach courts where his family had a child.
Her parents played squash, but there was no tennis player in the family.
“I found that I got a little bit of hand-eye coordination and enjoyed it a lot.”
In his final year at New Plymouth Boys High School, Harrison signed with Armit Roy, who specializes in sports management and helps athletes find their way into the American college system.
Harrison has dreamed of going to the United States on a scholarship since he was 10, but left the sport two years ago for good.
In late 2019, a serious wrist injury forced him to take almost a year off.
At first, he wasn’t sure he would be back, but time made him realize how much he loved the game.
Harrison had never been to the states but felt good about going there during a global pandemic, especially since he had been fully vaccinated against Covid 19.
Harrison said the youngest of five and the family’s child, the move, especially with the current coveted situation, made his parents ‘a little upset’.
“But I’m sure they’ll be fine. We’ll keep in touch.”
He will live in a dormitory on campus near the tennis court and is excited to start his traditional American college experience there.
“We’ve already been told that we’ll be shown as many other sports as American football and basketball and all that.”