The official opening of the Waihi Beach Tennis Club’s new courts took place on Saturday and a large attendance of members, past members, supporters and official guests also celebrated the 80th Birthday of the club.
The Tennis Club President Rob Hope as well as the WBOPDC Deputy Mayor Paul Thomas both spoke of the excellent cooperation between all parties over the last 18 months in both the planning and final construction of the courts. Rob also spoke of how pleased the club was to be able to use a large percentage of local contractors for the construction and the cooperation also of the community board.
It had been a dual exercise between the Council and the club with the Council doing the planning and the ground work for the new courts and surrounds with the club raising funds and finishing the courts in the all weather surface of Tiger Turf and also providing the floodlights.
The official ribbon to open the new courts was cut together by the Tennis Club President Rob and the Deputy Mayor Paul Thomas and the first official ball to be hit on the new courts was hit over the net by the Club President using an old tennis racquet which had been used back in the 30’s on the old courts.
The Waihi Beach Tennis Club was also celebrating their 80th birthday and the official birthday cake was cut by Cath McCowatt and Joy Galloway, two longstanding members of the club. Joy spoke of the club being established in 1931 and the many years of voluntary work that went into establishing the club.
The Club gratefully acknowledged the assistance and support of the Waikato Trust, Waihi Rotary and the ValderOhinemuriCharitable Trust.Waikato Trust Representative John Gillespie spoke on behalf of the Waikato Trust and said how delighted he was to see such a large number of Junior players using the club facilities. That is what the Trust is all about he concluded, promoting sport and recreation especially for our younger members of the community.