Tennis fan and volunteer receives badge and tickets for five years’ service
LYN “Brookie” Brook of Biggenden has been recognised for her volunteer work at the Brisbane International tennis tournament.
As the event entered its fifth anniversary, Brookie and other volunteers were given wellplaced seats in Pat Rafter Arena and a five-year service badge for their efforts.
Brookie’s volunteering role sees her usher the public into arenas, assist at turnstiles and address and open doors for players leaving the player’s area.
“Being acknowledged for my involvement was an honour,” she said.
The school teacher got involved with the Brisbane International tennis tournament after she received an email from the organisation through the school.
The organisation requested volunteers for the inaugural 2009 event.
“It just went from there,” she said.
“I had to send in a resume of prior volunteer experience and at the time I was involved with the show and rugby league.
“At last week’s event, I shared my complimentary tickets with some friends.
“We went and watched the Sam Stosur game. Being a fan, I was absolutely disappointed she lost.”
Eight of the 10 top seeds of the WTA were in Brisbane for this year’s tournament.
Brookie said while some of the players walked around talking with the public, others, including Serena Williams, had security guards.
“As volunteers we are there to assist the players, sowe are unable to ask for autographs and photos, but I have been able to get friends and com- plete strangers to get tennis balls autographed for me,” she said.
“I have a passion for tennis. I just love it and had I realised Melbourne didn’t clash with the return to school, I would have loved to have been there also.
“They are always chasing volunteers, so anyone interested in becoming a volunteer should go onto the Brisbane International tennis website around April/May.”
Brookie said she was looking forward to taking on the role of acting principal at Coalstoun Lakes State School for the next six months.
VOLUNTEER AWARD: Lyn Brook waves to her friends after being recognised as a volunteer at the Brisbane International tennis tournament for the past five years.