Tennis Queensland will be led by experienced sports administrator, Warwick Nicol until 2022 following Board elections at the Tennis Queensland AGM this month.
Nicol was elected President for a three year term at the Queensland Tennis Centre by club officials, volunteers and administrators at the Queensland Tennis Centre.
Nicol’s passion for tennis spans 30 years, starting as a junior player then progressing to coaching, tournament directing and administration.
He has been a member of the TQ Board for four years and has promised to focus on developing and supporting clubs throughout Queensland to grow.
“As President, I will dedicate my time to ensuring Tennis Queensland explores new and exciting ways to assist tennis clubs, centres and associations remain financially sustainable long into the future,” Mr Nicol said.
“We are currently very fortunate to have some great international role models like our current world number 1 Ash Barty, and two incredible events in the ATP Cup and the Brisbane International. It’s important to ensure the foundation of our sport is strong.”
“Grassroots tennis has always been the back bone of the sport in this state. Ensuring a sustainable framework for tennis clubs throughout every region is vital to not only give the next John Millman or Priscilla Hon the best possible chance of success but also to deliver a viable lifelong option for the incredibly broad demographic that makes up our greater tennis community,” Mi Nicol said.
Nicol replaces the outgoing President Mark Bloomfield who held the position for 6 years.
Mr Bloomfield says his tenure as President has been full of highlights.
“My proudest achievements as President are around supporting the TQ team in developing resources and tools that assist with affiliate sustainability. This has been in the form of the Rally Kit, Rural Sustainability Grants program, Club Masterclass, state-wide facility audits and government engagement. The TQ affiliate network is well placed to take advantage of the resources, funding and relationships available to them through our focus on developing our core pillars of people, products and places, “ Mr Bloomfield said.
“I thoroughly enjoyed the role and the challenges it brought. I was privileged to be entrusted with the role by the tennis community and have been fortunate enough to enjoy the support of a high performing board and executive team.”
Sports law specialist, Paula Robinson has been appointed as Vice-President of TQ.
Life Member Ken Laffey was appointed by the board as the new board Appointed Director, replacing Nadeena Whitby. TQ thanks Ms Whitby for her contribution to the board and Tennis in Queensland, especially in the areas of women in sport, engagement and communication.