CHAM­PION EF­FORT

Evonne Goolagong-Caw­ley and hus­band Roger Caw­ley have gone above and be­yond to help Noosa Ten­nis Club thrive

Noosa Life and Style - - CONTENTS -

THIS year Noosa res­i­dent and ten­nis great Evonne Goolagong-Caw­ley was made a Com­pan­ion of the Or­der of Aus­tralia (AC).

Noosa Ten­nis Club is proud to have Evonne and her hus­band Roger Caw­ley as its pa­trons.

The cou­ple moved to Noosa in 1992 when the NTC was re­lo­cat­ing to the Gi­raween precinct in Sun­rise Beach.

Evonne and Roger gra­ciously of­fered to dis­cuss ideas for the new fa­cil­ity.

Their ex­pe­ri­ences gained them in­valu­able in­sights into ten­nis com­plexes world­wide.

They rec­om­mended ten­nis courts with a gar­den theme and plans were drawn up to com­ple­ment the sur­round­ing bush en­vi­ron­ment.

The “se­cret gar­den” ten­nis com­plex, that is now the NTC, is a tes­ta­ment to their vi­sion.

Evonne and Roger ap­proached the NTC in 2000 with the idea of sup­port­ing lo­cal sport­ing clubs in fundrais­ing.

Clubs or­gan­ised an event ti­tled “Night of Stars” and Evonne and Roger en­listed the sport­ing stars to at­tend.

Af­ter a suc­cess­ful evening, NTC raised more than $35,000, which was used to up­grade the courts.

Since that time, de­spite many com­mit­ments, mainly en­cour­ag­ing indige­nous chil­dren to par­tic­i­pate in sport, they have con­tin­ued to be NTC pa­trons.

The NTC, with its idyl­lic set­ting, has 10 flood­lit courts and a li­censed bar and cafe.

Mem­bers en­joy un­lim­ited court hire for $7 per week as well as dis­counts on pri­vate and group coach­ing and free ten­nis clin­ics. It is also open to the pub­lic.

PHOTO: KEA­GAN EL­DER

Evonne Goolagong-Caw­ley.

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