Name: Crystal Sultar – October 2015

Aspiring tennis ace Crystal Sutar is set for an exciting summer after gaining sponsorship from local charity Elevating Success. After a successful year playing on the British Tour, Crystal has gained a National ranking of 58 and a Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) rating of 3.2. She’s now preparing for an International Tennis Federation (ITF) tournament which will give her the chance to gain a world ranking and set her career alight on the world stage.

For a 19 year old from Croydon, competing in tennis tournaments across the UK can be very costly and to help her fund her upcoming ITF tournament she approached Elevating Success for support. Andrew Brown CEO of Elevating Success said “when Crystal contacted us we were really impressed by her attitude, her hard work and focus to achieve. As part of her proposal she offered to work with us to provide tennis coaching programmes to children during the summer. It was this sort of tenacity and drive that helped us to consider sponsoring her.

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Crystal backhand

Elevating Success exists to empower individuals to achieve their full potential, but we normally do this through the training and mentoring programmes that we run. We’ve never sponsored anyone before but we really wanted to help Crystal to progress in her tennis career as she’s worked really hard to achieve what she has!”

From an early age Crystal excelled in a range of sports from karate to swimming. As a child her parents noticed that she had a lot of energy so they thought she’d benefit from extra curricula activities. She was introduced to karate at the age of 5. Early forays into karate competitions saw her attain 2nd and 3rd place against more experienced opponents.

At the age of 10 she was introduced to tennis by her parents whom had stumbled upon a free tennis club in Brockwell park and subsequently enrolled Crystal in lessons. “My first tennis lesson was fun but not inspiring due to the coach explaining to my parents that I had started tennis too late to become a professional player. This was really disheartening but fortunately my parents were really supportive and undeterred,” said Crystal.