Ef­forts recog­nised

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT - By HARPREET KAUR

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.

Photo: SUP­PLIED

Ac­knowl­edged: Jan­ice Lau­ren­son, lynch pin of Ngati­toa Ten­nis Club.

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