Tennis Victoria would like to acknowledge the passing of an exceptional tennis volunteer, Eric Beeston.
Eric sadly passed away on Monday 8 October 2018.
Eric is remembered by Tennis Victoria as a passionate volunteer, donating much of his life to the promotion of tennis.
In 2014 Eric was the recipient of the Victorian Tennis Award for Volunteer Achievement at the Tennis Victoria Champions Dinner.
Eric held a number of positions at club and association level and on advisory committees where his knowledge helped to positively impact the growth of tennis.
Eric pioneered and formed the Tennis Knox group in 2013. The group was formed to unite the 11 Knox Tennis Clubs in their approach to council and promotion of tennis in the area. This led to the introduction of the Knox Festival of Tennis. The success of this event was so great that many other Local Government areas have followed the lead of Tennis Knox and implemented their own LGA tennis festivals.
In 2014 Tennis Knox won Tennis Australia’s Most Outstanding Tennis Community Award which Eric was a driving force behind. He very proudly attended the Newcombe Medal Dinner that year along with others to accept the Award.
At the time of his passing he was the President of Knoxfield Tennis Club and the club representative on the Tennis Knox Committee. He was also the Night Tennis Convenor of Waverley Tennis, an association that he also committed many hours of volunteerism to.
The loss of Eric Beeston to the tennis community in the South East of Melbourne will be felt by many, but the impact he has had on tennis and the promotion of the game will be felt by many more for generations to come.
Tennis Victoria extends its sympathies to the family and friends of Eric Beeston. May he rest in peace.