24 May 2019 | Tennis SA

Three leading tennis administrators Liz Campbell, Gary Stratford and Julie Day have been elected this week to join the Tennis SA Board from 1 July 2019.

President of Henley South Tennis Club, Liz Campbell is looking forward to joining the Tennis SA Board.

“I have always enjoyed tennis from a young age and I am really excited to be a part of the Tennis SA Board,” said Mrs Campbell.

“I look forward to working with the associations and clubs, as well as the Tennis SA Board and staff, to support the strategic development and growth of the sport in South Australia.”

Having been the President of Eastern Districts Tennis Association for over 12 years, Gary Stratford, joins the Board with significant club and association experience.

“I am thrilled to accept this position on the Tennis SA Board,” said Mr Stratford.

“I hope that through this role, I can contribute to improving the pathways for players, as well as strategies to promote and develop the direction of tennis in the future.”

With a strong involvement in tennis in the Riverland including being treasurer for the Berri Tennis Club, Julie Day was pleased to accept her position on the Board.

“I am excited to have been elected by the country associations to the Tennis SA Board,” said Ms Day.

“As a Board member, I look forward to playing my part in further supporting and promoting country tennis, ensuring its longevity for generations to come.”

The new additions bring the Tennis SA Board to a composition of 60% female and 40% male.

Monday night also saw outgoing Tennis SA Board Directors Neville Guthberlet, John MacKenzie and Graham Smart thanked for their service.

Neville was a member of the Board for 23 years, having been elected in July 1996. A Life Member of Tennis SA, he was also a Board Member of the South Australian Hard Court Tennis League (SAHCTL) before merging with the South Australian Tennis Association to form Tennis SA. Neville has always helped to protect the legacy of the SAHCTL ensuring that the key elements continue. Neville has brought insightful debate to our Board meetings, offering different views to bring a balanced discussion and better outcomes.

John was a Board member for 12 years, elected in July 2007. John has always provided insight to the issues facing associations, clubs, volunteers and players. John has also been the driving force behind regular discussions with associations to drive strategic outcomes, including competition reform and volunteer recognition and support.

Graham has been a Board member for ten years, elected in July 2009 as the country based director. Graham has brought the “voice of the country” to the Board and his input has allowed Tennis SA to grow regional and rural affiliation which had previously been in decline.

“Neville, John and Graham have made an outstanding contribution to tennis in South Australia,” said Tennis SA President Kent Thiele.

“All three have made an enormous commitment to the sport at both the grassroots and Board level over many years, and we would like to thank them for their continued involvement and support.

“I would like to congratulate Liz, Gary and Julie on their appointments to the Tennis SA Board and we look forward to working with them in the future,” he continued.

The Tennis SA Board now comprises:

  • Mr Kent Thiele, President
  • Mr Philip Roberts, Vice President
  • Mrs Liz Campbell
  • Dr Alice Clark
  • Ms Julie Day
  • Mr Neville Messenger
  • Ms Natalie Morley
  • Mrs Kerry Morrow
  • Ms Debbie Sterrey
  • Mr Gary Stratford