History of STC

The Saanich Tennis Club was formed on August 25, 1971 by a group of approximately 30 players who had been meeting for matches at various courts in the Saanich area. It was incorporated as a non-profit society under the Societies Act on September 16, 1974. The club did not have its own home courts and it reserved block bookings on various Saanich outdoor courts, notably Lambrick Park and the BC Hydro courts on Viewmont Avenue as well as at the Cedar Hill Bubble during the winter months.

Through the 1980s the club investigated the possibility of constructing its own courts but the high cost of land and a lack of funds precluded this option. It was difficult keeping the membership together with play at several different locations and a hoped for addition of outdoor courts at the Cedar Hill Recreation Center never materialized. At the 1989 Annual General Meeting the executive was directed to actively explore the possibility of acquiring courts for the club. In March 1990 the club approached BC Hydro and Saanich Municipality with respect to the 2 courts on Viewmont Avenue. BC Hydro owned the land and had paid for the construction of the 2 tennis courts, then had turned the use, administration and maintenance of them over to Saanich.

Group Photo

BC Hydro, Saanich, and the club membership came to an agreement in May 1990 by which the STC would take over the operation and maintenance of the courts at their own cost. The club agreed to set aside a certain number of hours weekly for public access (currently 16 hours a week in 4 – 4 hour blocks) and the club was authorized to build and maintain a small clubhouse on-site. The club immediately set about making plans for court improvements (plexi-paving, new nets and winders, locks etc) and development of Club Rules. The Saanich Tennis Club at Viewmont Courts officially opened for play on July 22, 1990. On September 16, 1990 the club was officially incorporated as a non-profit society under the British Columbia “Societies Act” with its objective being “…to provide social and competitive tennis at the lowest possible cost on a non-profit basis.”

The clubhouse was constructed in 1993 courtesy of a grant from the BC Lotteries Branch and the donated labour of the Fairey Technical School located within Victoria High School. Also in 1993 the parking area was gated to pacify the neighbours and by 1997 the current configuration of fencing and the path from the clubhouse to the parking lot was completed. Over the years the club has actively investigated adding additional courts however the reluctance of both BC Hydro and Saanich Parks to support any expansion has precluded any forward movement.

View From Clubhouse

The Club celebrated its 30th Anniversary on August 22, 2004 with a day of tennis and a BBQ on its expanded deck.

The Club celebrated its 40th Anniversary on July 26, 2014 with an exhibition tennis match and a burger lunch.

1974

Photographs contributed by Isabel Heaman in 2015
Fran McTavish and Isabel Heaman ca. 1974
Fran McTavish and Isabel Heaman having been presented with trophies for winning the ladies doubles in the club tournament ca. 1974. The photo was taken at the club banquet which was held every year at the Chinese Village restaurant, courtesy of Jack Lee, the owner, and Sylvia Fong.
Eunice Gibb, Isabel Heaman, Sylvia Fong, Evelyn Samuel ca. 1974
A foursome shaking hands at the net. They are Eunice Gibb, Isabel Heaman, Sylvia Fong and Evelyn Samuel (as she then was). it dates from roughly the same time.