Mae aces it in the US to follow tennis dream

4th February 2019

We always like to keep track of our students when they leave St. Dominic’s and update you with what they are doing and where.

Many of you will remember our very own tennis star Mae McCutcheon who left the school two years ago – her sister Millie is currently in Year 10. Well, we are proud to share the very exciting news that Mae has signed a deal in America which should get her closer to realising her ambition of a tennis career.

Mae is the first student athlete to sign with Boise State University’s tennis squad for the 2019-20 season – with her coach expecting her to be an “impact player” for the team, known as the Broncos.

Boise State has a tradition of turning out top sportsmen and women and Mae will be following in the sporting footsteps of Jay Ajayi, another British-born star who attended the university and is now a star running back with the Philadelphia Eagles American Football team.

Mae was a star on the junior circuit in the UK, ranked Number One in Britain at U14 through to U18, winning several national tournaments and has already made a name for herself in America with several wins over NCAA Division 1 opposition.

She was always an exceptional tennis talent and we are delighted to see she is getting the chance to further her ambitions with the quality coaching available at such a top facility as Boise State.

St Dominic’s always work hard to support pupils with special talents and in Mae’s case we set up a personalised curriculum so she could pursue her tennis commitments while at the same time achieving her academic potential.

Although she left the school two years ago, we have continued to support her, with her attending some additional support sessions at St. Dominic’s over the last two years for her A-Level studies between her tennis commitments.

Women’s tennis coach Beck Roghaar announced Mae’s signing on the university website, saying: “Mae is an incredible player, we are so fortunate and happy to have her join our programme.

“She brings a relentless and competitive attitude with her, as well as a lot of international and high level experience. I believe she will be an impact player for us early in her career. Mae comes highly recommended, every coach who has worked with her, who I’ve spoken with raves and speaks very highly of her as an athlete and as a person.”

Mae said: “I have worked towards this my whole life so this opportunity means very much to me and all my supportive family who have helped me through the long process. I feel like Boise is the place where I am going to progress and excel and fulfill my tennis potential.”

Everyone at St. Dominic’s is delighted with the news and we feel sure you will join us in wishing Mae all the very best for the future.