President’s Message – 2022 in Review

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President's Message - 2022 in Review

Dear Members,

It’s difficult to summarise the many successes achieved by our Club in our centenary year of 2022. As new membership continued to grow, it was an amazing year of achievements full of special projects, fun events, grants received and acknowledgments given. Throughout, the Management Committee never lost focus of our key purpose of enhancing your tennis experience and broadening our philosophy of inclusion among the tennis and wider community.

Our undeniable success has not, however, blinded us from realising that there’s always ways to improve and we will continue to take on board learnings and constructive comments.

Some of our major achievements in 2022 included:

  • Installation of the new LED lights and poles
  • Installation of the solar panels (thanks to a generous donation from Belle Property)
  • Holding an Official Dignitaries function in May, with Northern Beaches Council Mayor, Michael Regan, officially unveiling a centenary plaque commemorating our 100 years of service to the local community and both the President and CEO of Tennis NSW in attendance.
  • Winning a $2,500 Gender Equity Grant from Tennis NSW to improve the Club for women and girls. One example was the implementation of a Ladies Thursday Night Training Group to improve both self-confidence and tennis skills and provide a pathway for new female members wanting to improve before playing Saturday Social, Club Championships, etc.
  • Fielding a Ladies team for the first time ever in the elite Sydney Premier League, with our team winning right through to the Final!
  • Engaging tennis players and the wider local Community at our wonderfully successful ‘Racquets at The Reef’ Open Day in October
  • Modernising our Club Logo and adding/improving signage throughout the Club to create greater impact with our brand
  • Reaching a membership landmark of nearly 200, with almost equal parity between ladies and men. In many ways, this has revitalised the Club’s personality and enjoyment of social tennis.  
  • Acknowledged by Tennis NSW for the second consecutive year as ‘Most Outstanding Tennis Club – Metro 2022
  • Achieving our highest ever participation in the annual Club Championships.
  • Ending the year with the unbelievable feat of being acknowledged by Tennis Australia at the ‘Newcombe Medal Presentation’ as ‘Most Outstanding Tennis Club – Australia’, among some 4,000 other clubs.
  • Finishing the year with the well-attended Centenary dinner and raising some $4,000 in the Centenary Raffle to put towards improving the Club this year.
  • Our junior members are having excellent successes in state and national tournaments, i.e., Pavle & Vesna Marinkov, Amy Gray, just to name a few

A special congratulations to Ryan, Scott and the entire team at Evolve for winning the Tennis NSW Coaching Excellence Award 2022 and making the final of the Tennis Australia Coaching Excellence Award 2022.

Thank you for supporting and helping the Club throughout all of these events and activities. We are so fortunate to have a professional and proactive committee who are so focused on lifting the level of enjoyment we all receive from our tennis at Collaroy. It takes a lot of time and effort to deliver the above results.

Six members of the current committee are serving for the first time. They have been in the Club less than 10 years. It is testament to the quality of our members that we can draw such talented people from our membership base to serve on the committee. I can’t thank all members of the Committee enough for their support over the last year.


2023

The Club has already kicked some major goals at the start of the New Year:

  • Given that inclusion is a key value for Collaroy Tennis Club and the wider community, the Club has accepted grants from both Tennis Australia and Northern Beaches Council, to celebrate two LGBTQIA+ inclusion events:
    • On Friday 27th January, we held the AO Pride Night from 5-8pm (we had some 40 players – roughly half members and half non-members – playing an American Round Robin tournament, then socialising with a BBQ and a screening of the AO Men’s Semi-Finals.
    • Sydney WorldPride 2023 will be held on Saturday 4th March – another Community Open Day starting at 12 Noon
  • Tennis has an important role to play in promoting inclusion and community engagement, so please come down to the Club and enjoy these fun events.

Please enjoy 2023 at the Club. I look forward to seeing everyone next month.

Vito Cincinnato
President