Rosewood Lions' support helps youngster, tennis

THIS week I had the pleasure of attending a supper meeting of the Rosewood Lions Club at the Rosewood Golf Club.

The Rosewood Lions have been great supporters of the Ipswich Open Tennis Championships for the past seven years, assisting us with the court preparation and maintenance over the four days of our event.

We need their dedicated support to keep the courts in the condition that players expect for a Gold AMT tournament.

It has been a great marriage over the seven years with the tournament donating funds to a worthy cause the Lions have as one of their projects.

Last year the recipient was four-year-old Blaise Wyatt, a delightful little guy who has a severe form of cerebral palsy.

Blaise and his family visited us at the courts during the tournament in May.

As a committee, we were privileged to see the improvement that has been made in his strength and ability to sit alone.

We were heartened to see that the small donation we made to the Lions had contributed to the ongoing medical treatment Blaise will need each year.

The Lions this year have decided to continue supporting Blaise and his dedicated family.

The committee decided to increase their monetary contribution to the "Team Blaise" fund to assist in his rehabilitation.

We wish Blaise, Cameron, Dawn and big brother Corey continued success with the Thera Suit that has been designed to help his therapy.


Holiday break

SCHOOL holidays begin this weekend so fixtures will be in recess until July 13.

The Ipswich Cup last weekend took its toll on the ability of centres being able to field teams.

Teams were either short of players or actually had to forfeit matches - five matches were won on forfeit and three matches played teams without a registered player.


Top viewing

PLENTY of tennis action is on late night television from Monday, with Wimbledon starting.

It is also a great chance during school holidays to get friends together or suggest a family tennis match.

The winter days are perfect for an afternoon of fun and the exercise will be of benefit to you all.

You have a choice of centres, a choice of court surfaces and racquets and balls can be hired to accommodate.

Happy, safe winter holidays.

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