Ngatitoa Tennis Club has evolved over the past decade and much of the credit goes to Janice Laurenson.
Laurenson has worked tirelessly over the years and almost single- handedly moulded the club into what it is today, said club captain Greg Ratcliffe.
Her dedication, patience and engagement with the club earned her the title of Club Volunteer of the Year 2012.
Her efforts were further recognised in 2012 by Tennis Central and Tennis New Zealand – both named her Volunteer of the Year – and she was Sport Wellington’s Volunteer of the Month for November.
‘‘I felt very proud but it was not just me alone, there were a lot of other people involved too,’’ said Laurenson.
Her role extends from liaising with Porirua City Council, Paremata- Plimmerton Netball Club, managing and improving facilities, and linking the club to neighbouring schools, to being instrumental for fundraisers and grants and initiating club revenue.
‘‘She is professional and a true club sport. She has always been on the committee and offered invaluable support and time to the club,’’ said Ratcliffe.
As well as captaining and co- ordinating the juniors, Laurenson organises the women’s senior teams and their interclub practices.
‘‘ A lot of what Janice is doing is due to the support of her husband Laurie, club president. He helps her out at home which allows her to dedicate her time to the club. Both of them have put in their time and effort for the club,’’ said Ratcliffe.
At present, the club has six interclub teams with more than 70 junior members, 14 committee members, club days, championships and professional coaching.
Laurenson contracts Tennis Inc to coach for the club and ensures children with similar abilities are coached in their preferable timeslots.
‘‘Word of mouth and recommendations has seen the club grow over the years,’’ she said. ‘‘ Parents would bring their kids over and sign them up, and over the years the club has established good relationships with the coaches.
Acknowledged: Janice Laurenson, lynch pin of Ngatitoa Tennis Club.