6 May 2021 | Tennis Tasmania

Dear Members,

I hope you are able to take advantage of this wonderful autumn weather and have been enjoying some time out on the court.

One of the key objectives the Tennis Tasmania Board has set after a recent review is to improve its communication with members.

So, on behalf of the Board, I am pleased to inform you that we will be communicating with you more regularly via the Club Communications emails from the Tennis Tasmania team and on the Tennis Tasmania website.

After each Board Meeting, the most recent being in April, I, or another member of the Board, will summarise a few key messages for you.


We all want more people playing tennis more often.

To achieve this the Board is committed to ensuring that tennis is welcoming, safe and inclusive for all.

We have agreed for this topic to become a standing agenda item at all of our Board Meetings.

  • Member Protection Policy (MPP) – the entire Board is refreshing their knowledge of this document and updating their commitment and signing the Member Protection Declaration.  I encourage all members to undertake this process with your Club Committee.
  • National Redress Scheme (NRS) – over the last 18 months to 2 years, the Board has been keeping updated with the NRS and determining the best course of action.  Tennis Tasmania will make contact with the scheme to assess our ability as an organisation to participate in the scheme.
  • Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) – we are committing to the development of a Reconciliation Action Plan to ensure that tennis recognises our First Nations peoples and implements meaningful steps to reconcile with the Tasmanian Aboriginal community.
    This initiative is being led by Tennis Tasmania General Manager Darren Sturgess; please contact Darren if you want to be involved in this valuable work.
  • Other policies, which I encourage you explore further.


I am pleased to report that at the recent meeting Pip Leedham was re-appointed to the Board as an Appointed Director until the end of the AGM in 2023.

Pip has also been re-elected (unopposed) as Vice President for the duration of her new term.

I would like to thank Pip for her support of me in my role and her active engagement with the Board. Congratulations to Pip!


  • Australian Seniors Championships – I am pleased to advise you that Tennis Tasmania will formally apply to host the Australian Seniors Championships (Teams and Individual events) in 2023.
    The event was last held here in 2014 and we will continue to keep you updated.
  • New classification – Seniors is now incorporating events from over 30’s, having previously been restricted to players aged over 35 years.  Please ensure you begin to accommodate this with any events that you are coordinating.


The Board encourages the communications to be two-way. So if there is anything you wish to communicate with me at any time, please email me.

All the best and enjoy your tennis!