Growing interest prompts return to Mossman
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.
Mia and Lina White with Mossman and Port Douglas head tennis coach Herold Prins.