Tennis Sydney Inc. was established in 1985 and has an elected board of representatives, which are elected each year at the AGM. Amazon Tennis will benefit from Tennis Sydney’s established administration, insurance requirements, organisation and contacts within the Gay and Lesbian Tennis Association (GLTA) network. For the remainder of this year, Tennis Sydney is keen for Tiff and I to be Amazon Tennis representatives on their board. Regular updates relating to Tennis Sydney and Amazon events will be communicated through a monthly newsletter.
Existing Amazon comp and social players can renew their membership at the old Amazon rate of $25 for the 2014 calendar year, with Tennis Sydney offering us the full benefits of their membership at this rate, which is very kind of them to honour this reduced rate. From January 2015, we will be required to pay the $50 standard Tennis Sydney membership fee ($30 discounted membership available to full-time students and government healthcare cardholders). This will align membership for all and, most importantly, provide you with personal accident insurance through the Tennis Sydney Inc. membership to Tennis NSW. The Tennis NSW membership will also serve us well for our comps at Cintra Park, as Gary has been raising our lack of insurance as an issue since the beginning of last year. Details of how to renew your membership will be sent to you soon, before the next comp is due to start.
A number of us at Amazon Tennis are also current Tennis Sydney members and regularly play in the tournaments and comps. Tennis Sydney is very keen to have more women play in tournaments, competitions and social tennis each Sunday; they are always fun events with a great social atmosphere. See below for a list of existing Tennis Sydney Inc. member benefits and events for the year. We will still host and run a women’s comp twice a year and will have the benefit of accessing the Tennis Sydney events and website. We also intend to host a once a month social open to everyone.
Amazon Tennis will retain its identity and history; however, we also have the opportunity of combining membership and events with a great organisation in Tennis Sydney.
Tiff and Tracey
Tennis Sydney Member benefits:
Sunday social rates at Parklands Tennis Centre: $15 for up to 5 hours of tennis. (non-members $20)
Coaching: opportunity to participate in subsidised coaching programs
An invitation to participate in mid-week competitions and other member only events.
10% discount when purchasing any item from the Tennis Ranch,128 Victoria Road, Gladesville and a 5% discount on re-stringing.
Reduced rates for court hire at Parklands Tennis Centre: Weekdays before 5pm: $15/hour; After 5pm, weekends & public holidays: $28.00/hour (normal price).
Full access to the Tennis Sydney Inc. website.
Free personal accident insurance through the Tennis Sydney Inc. Membership to Tennis NSW. Members must opt in for this and their details are sent to Tennis NSW. Tennis NSW then contact members via email to have them complete their profile for membership to Tennis NSW.
Annual membership badge.
Tennis Sydney currently runs:
Two (2) major GLTA three day tournaments – Australasian Gay & Lesbian Open (AGLO) (Mardi Gras) (February) and Spring (26-28 September, Cintra Park Concord
Four (4) member only one day tournaments – May (18th Clay Doubles Kingsford), July (6th Compass Singles Parramatta), August (24th Lawn Doubles Marrickville) and November (23rd Compass Doubles Cintra Park) in 2014
Sunday Social – every Sunday (weather permitting) excluding one day and major tournament days and the last Sunday of the year. Approximately forty-four Sundays per year. Held at Parklands Tennis Centre, Moore Park
Social functions including a Christmas Party, tournament player parties and trophy presentation nights. Approximately five per year.