ANZ Bonus Prize: AO 2018

The Volunteer Achievement Award category at the 2017 Tennis ACT Awards had a linked bonus prize – a trip to the Australian Open 2018, thanks to ANZ.

Peter Breugelmans from Turner Tennis Club was acknowledged on the night, taking home the unexpected ANZ bonus prize.

The ANZ bonus prize includes:

  • two return domestic economy flights to Melbourne
  • two nights accommodation
  • two tickets to Australian Open 2018

Peter has made an outstanding contribution to tennis over a number of years.

He supports all initiatives to increase participation and membership, a stalwart supporter of club activities, always working hard on promotion. A volunteer at Free Tennis Days, Peter has engaged new coaches and welcomed members of the Canberra gay and lesbian community in forming Pink Tennis. Through his involvement, Turner engaged a new coach last year, coaching now offered for beginners through to cardio tennis. The latest support being the clubs upgrade to court booking system and gate entry.

A keen player, Peter has played tennis since he was a youngster and subsequently has represented his club in many seasons of pennant. He has played in the Australian seniors’ teams’ event since 1981 and participates in the Twilight competition. Since 1996, he has been Treasurer of Tennis Seniors ACT where he has overseen the financial budget for two Australian teams and individuals championships held in Canberra.

Peter has helped maintain membership levels at the club through wise counsel on membership fees and is instrumental in arranging hiring by casual users. For example, he enabled ANU Tennis Club to use club courts for a special price while their courts were out of action. They have formed personal relationships with club members, often hand delivering newsletters to receipts letterboxes and post to those without email.

Part of the Turner Tennis Club volunteer club committee since the 1970’s, Peter has has been club treasurer since 1977, diligence the word used to describe his level of dedication in up keeping their finances. He has also led the clubs grading committee, maintenance committee, been membership contact and association representative.

Apart from some stellar accounting skills, Peter has been the backbone of maintaining his clubs facilities for many years – from local government liaison, club representation at forums, collecting hire fees and up keeping booking schedules, to ordering, hauling and spreading sand on courts, painting, weeding, tree trimming, fixing toilets, lawn mowing, turning up and overseeing tradies to repair court lights, or fixing nets.

Peter goes above and beyond for his club and expects nothing in return.

Congratulations Peter.