Tennis Ipswich president David Glinster
Tennis Ipswich president David Glinster Rob Williams

Junior development, night fixtures focus for new committee

AFTER a year where considerable progress was made, Tennis Ipswich president David Glinster hopes the new committee embraces fresh ideas and keeps moving forward.

Prepared to stay on as president, Glinster is looking to the annual general meeting on November 10 to shape the future of regional tennis.

Four of the eight committee members will be randomly selected to face re-nomination at the Alder Tennis Centre from 6pm.

Glinster appreciates what has been achieved since the historic formation of Tennis Ipswich, which brought together representatives from nine centres around Ipswich.

But he's keen to see more work done on junior and representative development, bridging the gaps in standard and adding night fixtures to the summer competition.

"It's been a good year because the committee first assembled has been working 99 per cent of the time together," Glinster said.

"We can see a common goal that we are trying to get to."

Nominations for Tennis Ipswich positions close on October 31.

Interested nominees can email secretary Sandra Baynes at:

Glinster was happy to see the combined regional competition grow in team numbers from winter to summer seasons.

He was also pleased with how juniors were encouraged at the Perrett Shield competition, the success of a Tennis Queensland train-on day and more grassroots involvement in the Festival of Tennis. However, he hopes to hold more regular representatives camps in the future.

"We're trying to get kids rewarded for where they are at," he said. "At the moment in Ipswich tennis, there is no path."

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