Tennis growing on Fraser Coast
TENNIS is going from strength to strength on the Fraser Coast – and no one knows that better that Tristan Brown and Chip Barnes.
Brown has trialled coaching at the Burrum Heads tennis courts for the past six months and the venture has proved to be a great success for the Hervey Bay tennis coach with up to 20 kids taking part in the Saturday lessons.
Last Saturday was the final coaching session of the year but the lessons will continue next year and Brown is hoping even more kids from the area will get involved.
Barnes, who is president of the Fraser Coast Tennis Association, is still raising funds to develop eight new tennis courts at Dundowran but knows that a slow and steady approach is the best way to go ahead with the projects.
Even if they only build two courts a year, Barnes said, the group was determined to make steady progress in establishing a second tennis association, along with the AllStarr Tennis Academy, in the Bay.
Barnes has been looking for funding so the plans can go ahead. Two courts are already built at Dundowran. They have been there for 25 years and, while they do need an upgrade, Barnes says it is a good start.
John Eadie was the person who got the courts built at Dundowran and a dedication ceremony was held for him on the weekend, with his family donating a bench in his memory.
Barnes is confident there is enough interest in Hervey Bay for a second tennis association, which will allow the sport to continue growing.
Brown has also been doing his bit to grow tennis on the Fraser Coast.
Mindful that kids from areas outside Hervey Bay and Maryborough might not always have the chance to play the game, his Saturday lessons at the new Burrum Heads courts have paid off – both for t and the kids.
Brown has discovered some talented players and the location has also proved to be convenient for those that were keen but unable to travel.
“Saturday morning has been great but I’d like to add another coaching session sometime during the week,” he told the Chronicle.