“June-uary” appears to be over and summer has started to make its appearance. This Spring’s weather has played havoc with court resurfacing schedules and nearly all of the club’s planned events for May and June have had to be cancelled, held at different venues, or rescheduled. The forecasted solid sunny weather gives us hope that we may even be playing on our lovely new surface by the Canada Day long weekend if the weatherman can be trusted.
Despite the resurfacing problems, the club executive and event coordinators have been working hard to find other options to keep things running. I’d like to highlight some of these activities. The popular ladies groups organized by Jane Cunnington and Cathy Nettleton have found work arounds and have continued to play on a regular basis (weather permitting). The club will also be helping them out by paying for bookings at Henderson until the club courts are ready. The women’s and men’s league have played without any delays. The men have 28 participants competing. Matches are arranged each week by the players on courts wherever they can find them which is the normal protocol. So far, 22 matches have been played. A highly successful Davis Cup event was held at Centennial Park on a beautiful sunny Sunday on June 4th. There was lots of great food, costumes and competition. I hope to see the photos posted on our Facebook site. The popular change partners event scheduled for last weekend will be rescheduled for July (22nd or 23rd).
Other upcoming events to note are the club tournament which will begin July 8th through the 16th. Our new courts will be christened on the “opening day” event at the start of the club tournament on July 8th with food and fanfare. Chad Brachat, our Junior program coordinator, will begin a new Junior tennis program on Monday July 10th. The new curriculum was developed by Ed Bakker and looks great and is designed to really engage the young kids.
With all of the delays, regrettably, all of the lessons for May and June had to be cancelled with all of the participants receiving full refunds. The coaches are keen to resume the lessons program in the near future.
More details and information about signing up for future lessons, upcoming club events and activities are found on our web site.
I want to pass on a big thanks to Eric Holden, Yutaka Yoshida, Jim Howie and the rest of the executive and event coordinators (Jeff Cutler, Cathy Nettleton, Jane Cunnington) for persevering through this difficult spring and thank everyone for their patience and understanding.
I really think the wait will be worth it. The new court surface will be amazing. All of the cracks are filled and taped, the “bird baths” are gone, and root barriers have been installed by Saanich to prevent future damage. The contractor, RADA resurfacing, is working hard to give us the best possible product as soon as they can.
I also want to send out a big thanks to our web master, Sasho Radisavljevic, who has done an amazing job keeping up with all of the updates and revisions on our web site. And last but not least, I’d like to recognize Judy Huff for her continuing work doing the club registration and liaison with Tennis BC.
See you soon on our new courts!
President, Saanich Tennis Club