Every GLTB tennis player in Sydney knows the name Peter Deacon
For younger players or players who joined Tennis Sydney recently you may wish to know who Peter Deacon was.
Peter Deacon was certainly no novice in the world of sports promotion. He was a household name in the sports of squash, triathlon and thoroughbred racing having conducted over 675 world, international, national, state and regional events. He achieved legendary status and was regarded as one of the doyens of sports entrepreneur.
A former World and Australian Squash Doubles Champion, Peter was converted to social tennis. Having partners of the ilk of Jahangir Khan and Heather McKay encapsulated galleries worldwide. His greatest honour and joy was to partner the world’s greatest ever undefeated sportsperson, Heather McKay in her final open match before retirement. It of course is sporting history the pair won the 1988 Bi-Centennial Australian Championships.
His interest in administration became instantaneously obvious, and following a brief sojourn on the Committee of Tennis Sydney, was elected as the livewire Hon. Secretary.
Peter generated enthusiasm, and believed nothing is impossible if committees work together for a common goal.
The founder of the world’s largest squash championships, the Dubbo Open, regularly attracted world champions of the calibre of Jansher Khan, Jahangir Khan, Geoff Hunt, the Martin brothers, Heather McKay, Vicki Cardwell and Michelle Martin. For ten successive years the Dubbo Open attracted over 1,000 competitors to the world’s largest and most popular squash tournament.
In the world of Triathlon, he inaugurated the Dubbo Triathlon which grew and numbers surpassed the world’s largest Olympic distance event. One thing is for certain, Peter Deacon never thinks in small numbers. His energy and efforts are never satisfied till his personal goals are achieved. Through these efforts the likes of world champions, Brad Bevan, Greg Welch, Clayton Stevenson, Marc Dragan, Michelle Jones, and Louise Mackinlay-Bonham have competed in his events.
Within the thoroughbred racing industry, Peter has served on Boards of Directors of international and regional Thoroughbred Racing Clubs. His skills have netted sponsorships in excess of $2.6 million to the four sports he has supported. hosting his own television program on Prime TV, live radio broadcaster, and prolific freelance journalist for the AJC, Metropolitan and Macquarie newspaper syndicates and magazines, there has been little idle time in his life.
Peter was responsible for starting and developing the Spring tournament around September of 1995 with the first few being held at the Sydney Tennis Academy in Oxford Falls in the northern suburbs of Sydney. This Tournament is now named the “Peter Deacon Spring Tournament” in his honour.
First printed in the 1996 Australian National GLTA/Mardi Gras Championships booklet