Brookie re­warded

Ten­nis fan and vol­un­teer re­ceives badge and tick­ets for five years’ ser­vice

Central and North Burnett Times - - LOCAL SPORT - Erica Mur­ree

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.

Photo: Contributed

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.

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