Stellar season of tennis for coaches
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.
PROUD COACHES: Gwen and Ken Colyer are happy with the state of North Burnett tennis.
◗ The torrent roars down the hill into the house area.
◗ Water pools on the wooden floors.
◗ Glass, mud and tree branches fill the bedroom.