CLUBS OF THE QUARTER
Nestled within the lush Lucindale Country Club, the Lucindale Tennis Club is located approximately 340km from Adelaide and forms part of the Limestone Coast region in the South-East of the State. Playing on 12 well renowned lawn courts the club welcomes players of all ages and abilities for both competitive play in the Southern Ports Tennis Association as well as social tennis.
In the past quarter, the club saw host to the Tennis SA State League All Stars Event where the best tennis players in the state came to the club to promote tennis, help juniors with coaching and showcase some high-quality tennis for everyone to watch. The club was able to leverage their local connections to engage the wider community promoting not only to Lucindale but the entirety of the Limestone Coast. The highly successful event resulted in the club being recognised by Council and receiving the Lucindale Community Event of the Year.
The club followed up on All Stars by hosting a successful junior invitational event in December. This involved juniors from the region playing singles in a range of age groups. The goal of the tournament was to support local junior tennis development and provide juniors with the opportunity to compete against the region’s best players.
Behind the scenes the club’s committee is always looking for new ways and ideas to support the club and promote tennis in whatever way possible with the hope to increase participation. Promoting junior tennis is very important to the committee as they are the future of tennis with a strong emphasis placed on the relationship between the club and local area school. They are always looking for ideas to support the club’s future and create opportunities for all members of the family to participate at their events from ages 0-100.
The club is not afraid to try new things and stretch the status quo at Lucindale. The club pride themselves on hosting events and are determined to maximise its potential and do it properly so everyone in attendance has the best time both on and off the court. Members have immense pride in the club and want to be able to show it off in the best light, and their famous salads are always a highlight of the day.
Congratulations Lucindale Tennis Club!
Port Adelaide Tennis Club celebrated its 50-year anniversary last year, making this event the highlight of the year. All members from the past and present gathered at the club to celebrate this huge milestone. This special event captured the community spirit, throughout the night with Tim Ginever being the MC on the night. Alongside Tim, a special mention to Claire Boan the Mayor of Port Adelaide Enfield for joining in on the festivities.
During the anniversary, four of their Life Members were acknowledged for the immense impact they had on the club including Kevin Swanson, Neale Winter, Julie Martin and Geoff Cruickshank.
Port Adelaide Tennis Club had a successful year obtaining grants to be able make necessary upgrades to the club rooms. They also obtained a volunteers grant and purchased playing shirts for there female members during competition season. Throughout the previous year, the club has upgraded the club rooms with new carpet, upgraded five nets and organised the courts to be cleaned with the help of the Port Adelaide Enfield Council.
The club is actively looking for ways to ensure the junior players have a clear path to continue playing and progressing into the senior teams, with guidance from current senior players. Each year Port Adelaide SAPSASA share the courts and encourage more participants to use them. Currently they are involved in the Growing for Gold Program to show of the club and grow its members.
Port Adelaide Tennis Club thrives on being a community club, by inviting and welcoming friends, family, community members and previous member to their functions throughout the year. The club has built great relationships between clubs through helping out with special events and offering for other clubs to use the courts during renovations.
Congratulations Port Adelaide Tennis Club!
VOLUNTEERS OF THE QUARTER
Adrian Maywald currently has multiple roles in both the Lucindale Tennis Club and the Southern Ports Tennis Association. Including but not limited to Junior and Senior Tennis Team Manager, Southern Port Junior Captain, Schuller Shield/Junior Tennis Tournament Coordinator, Easter Volunteer, Naracoorte and Lucindale Tennis Committee Member as well as an assistant coach.
Adrian’s current roles are vital in ensuring junior players are provided with opportunities to become the best version of themselves on and the off court. Whether that be through Association competition, Inter-Association matches or access to regular coaching Adrian is extremely passionate about junior tennis and providing juniors with the opportunity to regularly compete and develop their skills.
Adrian has been involved in Tennis Clubs, Tournaments since he first received coaching at Port Noarlunga in 1985 as a junior. Since then, he has played and assisted in multiple ways across the Southern Suburbs, Mid North and Limestone Coast and continues to contribute positively to the sport.
On his favourite aspect of volunteering, “I love both the practical fun side of tennis along with the life lessons and skills that being involved in tennis brings which help strengthen our society as well as helping all involved be better players on the court and great citizens off it.”
Adrian’s advice for those considering volunteering, “Get in and have a go! It’s more fun to be involved so don’t worry about not being good enough, play to your strengths and help with the things you enjoy. The wellbeing you receive from working with great people, staying active and healthy are simply amazing! Incredible sport and opportunities for all the family to be involved at any age.”
Nicole Chamorro is the Secretary of Port Adelaide Tennis Club and has been with the club for six years, three of those she has sat on the committee as secretary. Her role involves running the canteen, re-stocking and purchasing, chasing up payments from members, responding to enquiries and corresponding with the council. Nicole is also involved in running club functions including presentation nights and Christmas celebrations.
Although she wears many hats around the club, Nicole was involved in arranging the 50-year anniversary celebrations at the Port Adelaide Tennis Club last year. She says, ‘it was quite a bit of work making sure getting on board some of the older club members to do the invitations and RSVPs and ensuring the food/beverage part of running on the night and keep everyone on track.’
Nicole has proactively secured grants which has allowed the club to gain a new ball machines, regular competition balls and a new kitchen upgrade. She also received a volunteer grant through Mark Butler MP Community Grant as well and First Aid materials and cupboards for the storage.
For those considering volunteering, she says, ‘It’s just so rewarding and seeing the joy that people have as you don’t need the recognition. Every time someone thanks you for the work you do it really makes it worth it!’