Club upgrade celebrated
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 email@example.com.
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.