Club up­grade cel­e­brated

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT - By KRIS DANDO

Ti­tahi Bay Tennis Club cel­e­brates the com­ple­tion of its huge makeover on Sun­day, with the new fea­tures now match­ing the am­bi­tions of the se­nior play­ers and the strength of the ju­nior pro­gramme.

Plans were put in place for im­prove­ments nearly six years ago, former club cap­tain Shane Jack­son says. Grants were sought and funds raised for $75,000 of new lights and fenc­ing, with that amount needed again for new turf.

The club – which boasts 90 ju­niors and 96 se­nior play­ers – will on Sun­day (from 11.30am) recog­nise the con­trac­tors, grant foun­da­tions, lo­cal Lions, vol­un­teers and club mem­bers for all their ef­forts.

‘‘In my first meet­ing as club cap­tain we dis­cussed the pri­or­i­ties,’’ Jack­son says. ‘‘ We had is­sues with the tennis courts, the lights were like play­ing in a fish­bowl – we wanted some­thing bet­ter for our mem­bers and the com­mu­nity.

‘‘These three ma­jor projects were a long jour­ney to re­search, scope and go about it, but we’ve had great sup­port and I’m sure the vol­un­teer hours are eas­ily worth $15,000 in labour.’’

The $77,000 turf took longer than ex­pected to lay dur­ing win­ter, as the as­phalt un­der- neath needed to be re­paired first. The syn­thetic, all-weather sur­face is faster and the three courts will be among the best Welling­ton has to of­fer, pres­i­dent Mareta Ran­dall says.

That is ideal con­sid­er­ing they have Rob Cheyne and Ka­rina Brad­nam, top-ranked men’s and women’s play­ers in the re­gion, in their ranks.

‘‘ Our mem­bers are com­pletely rapt with it and it’s a so­lu­tion that should last at least 15 years.’’

Ju­nior reg­is­tra­tions take place on Septem­ber 25. Con­tact the club on 236 8187 or trea­surer Brodie Sad­grove at brodiesad­grove@xtra.co.nz.

Re­ju­ve­nated courts: From left, Mareta Ran­dall (club pres­i­dent), former club cap­tain Shane Jack­son and trea­surer Brodie Sad­grove like the look of Ti­tahi Bay Tennis Club’s new syn­thetic turf.

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