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PUBLISHED: 11:16 10 June 2010 | UPDATED: 11:05 12 August 2010

A YOUNG tennis player was selected from more than 500 others as a potential star of the future. Harvey Conway, nine, from West Wickham, was one of the runners-up at a training camp held by Tim Henman after being specially selected to attend. The young

A YOUNG tennis player was selected from more than 500 others as a potential star of the future.

Harvey Conway, nine, from West Wickham, was one of the runners-up at a training camp held by Tim Henman after being specially selected to attend.

The youngster said: "I really enjoyed the training camp. I got to meet lots of new friends from all over the country. My favourite part was meeting Tim and being able to play tennis with him - that was amazing.

"I was really happy to have been chosen as a runner-up and I love my signed tennis racquet."

The camp, held last Tuesday, was hosted by Robinsons to celebrate 75 years of sponsoring Wimbledon. Head Coach Dan Bloxham said: "Both Tim and I were really impressed with Harvey and the energy and skill that he showed throughout the competition. It was his agility, timing and fitness level that made him stand out in the competition and I hope he takes some tips from the camp into what I am sure will be a bright future in the game of tennis."

Wimbledon runs from June 21 to July 4. A MARRIED couple are planning to embark on a dangerous rally across 20 countries to rekindle their spirit of adventure.

Parents-of-three grown-up children, Michelle and Clive Rockliffe from Petts Wood, will be taking part in the Mongol Rally, a cross-continent journey traversing tough terrain including four deserts and 11 mountain ranges. They will arrive in Mongolia around five weeks after setting off on July 24. For much of the 10,000-mile epic drive there will be no roads and the couple, who have been married for 30 years, will only have themselves to rely on if something goes wrong.

A warning on the website reads: "These adventures are genuinely dangerous things to do. Your chance of dying can be very high, some past teams have been seriously injured.

"These adventures are not a glorified holiday. They are an adventure and so by their very nature extremely risky. You really are on your own. If it all goes wrong, that's it, tough."

Despite this, finance director Mr Rockliffe, 55, said: "We're not nervous about it at all. If the car breaks down and we can't fix it, that would be disappointing, but we really like doing things like this, we've wanted to do the Mongol Rally for years.

"We're really looking forward to the whole thing, the journey itself and also getting to Mongolia and spending time with the people there. It will be a real cultural experience. It will be wonderful."

They will be driving a Suzuki Jimny which will be donated to a charity in Mongolia. They are hoping to raise £1,000 for the Christina Noble Foundation for Children in Mongolia and at least £500 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation in the UK. Around 300 people plan to accomplish the challenge, which must be completed in a vehicle less than 1000cc without any assistance or back-up. Mrs Rockliffe, 53, a family-worker at Crofton Infant and Junior School in Town Court Lane, Orpington, will be at the school's spring fair with her husband this Saturday, where people can find out more about the trip. They are also hosting a charity quiz to raise funds at St John's Church, Lynwood Grove, Orpington, on June 19. It is £15 a ticket and includes a fish and chip supper.

The couple also need sponsorship from businesses. For more information, email: crockliffe@aol.com or see: www.mongolrally10.theadven

turists.com/mon-goose.

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