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