Dorothy Lenz, Les Kent and Ellen Widdowson.
Dorothy Lenz, Les Kent and Ellen Widdowson.

Tennis celebration sparkles

PAST and present players reflected on memorable history as the Bundaberg and District Tennis Association celebrated its diamond jubilee.

Saturday's event acknowledged 60 years since the purchase of the courts and 50 years since the opening of Drinan Park.

Event organiser Val Killer said the afternoon was a chance for everyone to enjoy themselves, and that's exactly what happened.

CELEBRATING TENNIS: Val and Les Killer and Rob Hardie at the Tennis Jubilee at Drinan Park.
CELEBRATING TENNIS: Val and Les Killer and Rob Hardie at the Tennis Jubilee at Drinan Park. Mike Knott BUNTEN

Mrs Killer said it was amazing to see how much work was done in the early days.

"In the days before government grants they would run cent sales, raffles and put entrants in the Sugar Queen competition - already hard ways to fundraise," she said.

"When you think about all the record keeping for 600 members and co-ordinating all those games each week, every court in the district would be used - and that was before computers."

Current Tennis Association president Rob Hardie said it was great to see the past members reliving fond memories.

"There were four members of a five-member junior team that didn't know each other were going and hadn't seen each other altogether since the 50s," he said.

Stan Penningh, Malcolm Dixon, Barry Anderson and Kev Stokes.
Stan Penningh, Malcolm Dixon, Barry Anderson and Kev Stokes.


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