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Volunteer Achievement Award

2019 Volunteer Achievement Award

Geoff Wood from Barton Tennis Club

Geoff has been a constant and driving force behind the success of their club for over 40 years. He has been a committee member for over 14 years in various roles including Club President, Secretary and Treasurer, contributing thousands of hours over the years to his club and our sport.

No job is too big or too small, and being from a four-court club means, he often does multiple jobs and tasks at once. For years, Geoff was the sole telephone contact for all club and member enquiries.

Geoff has puts hundreds of hours into getting projects up and running including new perimeter fencing, clubhouse upgrades, installation of the Book a Court system, development of a new BBQ and pergola area, and trial of the ClubSpark platform.

With Barton transitioning its operations to electronic and web-based platforms, Geoff continued to be a point of contact for those members who may have difficulties in negotiating the changes, providing an ongoing, familiar, and friendly contact person who has provided this continuity of service over many years.

The club committee states “he is the glue that keeps the club together”.

2018 Volunteer Achievement Award

Graham Hamilton from Kippax Tennis Club

Graham was awarded the Volunteer Achievement Award. Hamilton has been involved in the clubs inception since the early 1980’s, a former president and a hard working committee member for decades.

Graham has been a part of the clubs since its inception in the early 1980s, a hard working member on the committee for decades, a former president and an active player.

Over summer Graham was down at the club everyday in the hot summer sun repairing damaged pipes and drains caused by aggressive root damage. Thanks to Graham, the club saved thousands of dollars not having to get external contractors to do the work.

Grahams greatest achievement was the refurbishment and re-surfacing of the clubs four courts which was completed in early 2017 under their leadership as President. The refurbishment consisted of new fencing and re-surfaced courts. Underpinning the success was using their skills to get people involved and engaging the community; including seeking sponsorship and funding from local businesses and lobbying with local government.

On top of the maintenance and court refurbishment, Graham regularly approaches local business for donations towards the monthly meat raffle, and sourcing volunteers to sell tickets. An initiative that contributes to over $3,500 of sponsorship funding, which directly goes back into the club and helps ensure a sustainable future.

Thanks to ANZ Graham won a trip to Australian Open 2019.

2017 Volunteer Achievement Award

Peter Breugelmans, Turner Tennis Club

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.