Grow­ing in­ter­est prompts re­turn to Moss­man

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT - Gizelle Ghidella

ACE ten­nis will fi­nally be served up in Moss­man this year for all to en­joy.

The Moss­man re­gion has been with­out an of­fi­cial ten­nis club for many years.

Play­ers, par­ents and coaches have joined with the squash club to cre­ate the Moss­man Squash and Ten­nis Club.

Club sec­re­tary Bev Gwynne said there’s been a real need for a lo­cal ten­nis club.

“It’s been a long time com­ing,” she said.

“We had a ten­nis club here when my kids were lit­tle then it folded and be­came the Dou­glas Ten­nis Club; af­ter a while, it be­came (the) Port Dou­glas Ten­nis Club.”

Ms Gwynne fa­cil­i­tates Red Ball Days for chil­dren in the Dou­glas School clus­ter and she said the ten­nis clin­ics had gen­er­ated big in­ter­est in the sport.

“We had at least a 100 stu­dents par­tic­i­pate,” she said.

“We want to give kids from Moss­man, Miallo, Daintree, Ju­lat­ten and sur­rounds (with) the op­por­tu­nity to join the ten­nis club and pro­vide play­ers the foun­da­tion to grow their skills to play com­pet­i­tively.

“Ten­nis can now be mod­i­fied for these younger kinds to learn and en­joy.”

The club plans to op­ti­mise the sport so any­one can par­tic­i­pate and cater to the young, old and peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties.

Af­fil­i­ated with Ten­nis Aus­tralia, the club is ready to ac­cept mem­bers.

“We want lo­cal ten­nis fans to come down to Moss­man Squash and Ten­nis Club to make a rac­quet on Satur­day, Jan­uary 26, and Satur­day, Fe­bru­ary 2, be­tween 9am and 12pm at the Moss­man State School Ten­nis Courts,” Ms Gwynne said.

“It’s a great op­por­tu­nity for the pub­lic to try out a range of ten­nis ac­tiv­i­ties,’’ she said.

“We wel­come peo­ple who have never played be­fore and ten­nis reg­u­lars. If peo­ple just want to play so­cial ten­nis, we have that too. Our club has qual­i­fied coaches who pro­vide coach­ing in var­i­ous for­mats.”

Adult les­sons are Mon­days 5pm and 6pm and ju­nior les­sons are Mon­day, Tues­day, Wednes­day af­ter school.

Visit the Moss­man Squash and Ten­nis Club on face­book for more de­tails.

Pic­ture: GIZELLE GHIDELLA

Mia and Lina White with Moss­man and Port Dou­glas head ten­nis coach Herold Prins.

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