Courts re-opening caps big year
TENNIS: In beautiful, clear skies and a ray of smiling faces, the re-development of the Rotary Park Tennis complex was officially opened.
Bundaberg and District Junior Tennis Association professional coach Kevin Banner said after the devastation of the January floods, many months of hard work had been put into getting the complex up and running, but it had been worth the wait.
"It had interrupted the life-style of many people, not having a facility good enough to carry on with their regular commitment to their sport of tennis," Banner said.
"But after the generous support of Tennis Australia, Tennis Queensland, the State Government and the many families and businesses, the association is proud to have the facility available for the whole community to use.
"After the formalities at the opening, many people took the opportunity to enjoy the comfort of the new courts, not with unregular bounces, holes where the surface had sunk, and the rips in the surfaces."
The association's annual presentations followed and Brendon Schultz capped off a great year when he was presented with the Tournament Player of the Year award for his achievements of Queensland representations and state titles.
Ky Brown was the Most Improved Player of the Year, while Adam Moyle and Romney Setch were rewarded for consistent showings in the Ross Gray Junior Closed and Saturday fixture by taking out the Horrie Banner Memorial and Peter O'Keefe Memorial Encouragement Awards.
Meanwhile, many children took to the courts today for the association's Learn 'n Play Get Active Clinic which will continue on Tuesday and conclude on Wednesday from 8am on both days.
New players are being introduced to the racket and ball skills, while for those who have played before, it is a chance to improve their skills.
"Children will also be able to meet new friends and play together before the Summer of Tennis begins at the Brisbane International on January 1," Banner said.
"Who knows? - there might be a new Ashleigh Barty, the Australian Junior Player of the Year, Sam Stosur, the Australian Player of the Year, or a Bernard Tomic, all proud Queenslanders."
Players can still register by calling Banner on 4152 0753 or 0409 520753 or Murray Whitbread on 0407 639824.