Stel­lar sea­son of tennis for coaches

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT - Philippe Co­querand philippe.co­querand@cnbtimes.com.au

TENNIS: It’s been a suc­cess­ful sea­son for tennis coaches Gwen and Ken Colyer, who have been busy men­tor­ing junior and se­nior play­ers.

De­scribed as a sport build­ing trac­tion within the Bur­nett, Gwen is pleased to see lots of ju­niors tak­ing up tennis.

“We’ve had a good sea­son in Mun­dub­bera, with about 40 chil­dren tak­ing up coach­ing prac­tice,” she said.

“This was a big im­prove­ment from when we first be­gan coach­ing in 2002, when we only had 21 chil­dren.

“One year we had 54 chil­dren who we coached, but you see good num­bers and then you have a drop off as kids go off to board­ing schools, but we’re pleased with how this year has gone for us.”

For the Coly­ers, vol­un­teer­ing and help­ing out with sport is a life­long passion ig­nited by a love for the com­mu­nity.

“We’ve been vol­un­teer­ing for about 45 years and help­ing out with other sports and it’s great to see the kids take up the game and ex­cel at it,” Gwen said.

“I used to play the game up un­til I (was in­jured in an ac­ci­dent) but Ken still plays and he’s 85.

“He’s a life mem­ber of the Bund­aberg Tennis As­so­ci­a­tion so we’ve al­ways been in­volved with the game.”

The sea­son has al­most fin­ished for the ju­niors, with their end-of-year tour­na­ment sched­uled for Septem­ber 9–10.

“Our sea­son com­mences in March and we fin­ish in Septem­ber and then we will have the tour­na­ment for the kids,” Gwen said.

“On Septem­ber 15 we will hold our tennis pre­sen­ta­tions where the ju­niors re­ceive their awards and they have lunch as well for their break-up.”

Ken plays tennis at the Gayn­dah tennis club on Tues­day nights.

“Ken plays tennis ev­ery week and is hop­ing to set up a so­cial team in Mun­dub­bera, but it is still in plan­ning mode,” Gwen said.

Gwen be­lieves tennis is a great sport be­cause of its health ben­e­fits.

“It helps with hand-eye co-or­di­na­tion and it’s good for the kids to play at a young age.

“Some of them go to junior masters, where they travel the re­gion com­pet­ing against other play­ers,” she said.

❝ We’ve had a good sea­son in Mun­dub­bera, with about 40 chil­dren tak­ing up coach­ing prac­tice. — Gwen Colyer

He’s lost and bogged on a road some­where. Do we know any­one who could help? Truly? Af­ter 14 weeks is this the first time he’s tried to get to our prop­erty?

My stom­ach and headaches come and go. I’m learn­ing to let go. If we’re home by Christ­mas, it will be a bonus.

My hus­band phones.

Our sys­tem of six so­lar bat­ter­ies, all re­newed in the last 18 months to do us for the next 12 to 15 years, are ka­put. Housed in thick plas­tic, it’s un­likely the dam­age is from the mud­slide? Did the builders try to run their power straight off the sys­tem af­ter they were told to use the gen­er­a­tor? We’ll have to get a spe­cial­ist in to check.

It’s a mas­sive blow.

At least we’ve got in­sur­ance – ha.

My stom­ach tight­ens, the rain­bow snake stirs, the black hole looms.

PHOTO: TOBI LOF­TUS

PROUD COACHES: Gwen and Ken Colyer are happy with the state of North Bur­nett tennis.

PHOTOS: JOANNE LES­LIE

◗ The tor­rent roars down the hill into the house area.

◗ Wa­ter pools on the wooden floors.

◗ Glass, mud and tree branches fill the bed­room.

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