evonne

A friend said that my rough sketches would be helpful for his own artistic development so I just cobbled a bunch of them together. Most of these are not from my sketchbooks so these are not representative of all my drawings but it still gives a good idea of my creative process - whatever that is.

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(Image description: A middle aged Indigenous Australian woman holds her 1980 Wimbledon women’s singles trophy.)

Evonne Goolagong Cawley: Why she kicks ass

  • She is an Australian former World No. 1 female tennis player. She was one of the world’s leading players in the 1970s and early 1980s, when she won 14 Grand Slam titles: seven in singles (four Australian Open, two Wimbledon and one French Open), six in women’s doubles, and one in mixed doubles.
  • As an indigenous Australian during the 196o’s she was not permitted to play on tennis courts in Australia. However, someone at a court saw her staring watching games the bushes and invited her in. She was immediately discovered by two tennis coaches as she began playing well that day.
  • She is the only mother to have won the Wimbledon title since before World War I - Shad a daughter in 1977, and won the 1980 Wimbledon title.
  • She was a member of the Board of the Australian Sports Commission from 1995 to 1997 and since 1997 has held the position of Sports Ambassador to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities. She was also appointed captain of the Australian Fed Cup team in 2002, and in 2003, she was winner for the Oceania region of the International Olympic Committee’s 2003 Women and Sports Trophy.
  • She also runs an annual “Goolagong National Development Camp”, with the aim of facilitating Aboriginal children playing competitive tennis.
  • She was awarded Australian of the Year in 1971, was appointed an MBE in 1972 and made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in 1982. She was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 1985, and inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in  In 1988.