Tennis Sydney has a proud history of former presidents and committee members who have made a significant and long-lasting contribution and impact on the club. Our Hall of Fame celebrates and thanks them for this work.

Hall of Fame members will usually have served for at least five terms on the Tennis Sydney Committee, and in that time have made a positive difference to the club and its members.

 

Dean Matterson

Dean joined the Tennis Sydney Committee in 2009 and took on the role of sole Tournament Director in 2010. Since that time the AGLO  and the Peter Deacon Spring Tournament have grown considerably in both size and prestige. Dean has been instrumental in our participation and Membership to the GLTA) since 2010.

Under Dean’s guidance the Club’s ability to host and run tournaments resulted in the inaugural AGLO 2013 attracting a record 208 players across 17 events. The Tournament was also sanctioned by the GLTA as a Master Series event and was honoured as the Best Sporting Event during the 2013 Mardi Gras Festival. The success of AGLO can, in no small way, be attributed to Dean’s hard work over the years in helping to build our tournaments to truly professional levels that are eagerly anticipated by players from Tennis Sydney, inter-state and overseas.

Dean has also worked hard and long to build not only communications, but also relationships, with other Clubs both here and overseas which has seen increased participation from them in our tournaments. He has been a vocal and active supporter of increasing the participation of women in Tennis Sydney generally, and the tournaments in particular. His knowledge of the Tournament Software and scheduling matches is second to none. Dean gladly shares his knowledge of the system and helps all the one-day tournament directors with every part of the tournament, which is valuable to the Club for future tournaments.

During his time on the Tennis Sydney Committee, Dean has also held roles in Membership, as Treasurer and Vice President and represented the Club at Team Sydney events. He left the Committee in May 2015 as the outgoing Tournament Director.

For his outstanding contribution to the growth and running of Tennis Sydney tournaments and for initiating and managing the Tennis Sydney Membership to the GLTA, Dean Matterson joined the Tennis Sydney ‘Hall of Fame’.

Dean was inducted into the Hall of Fame by Carl Copas in 2015.

Brendan Moore

Brendan arrived in Australia in 1988 from his native Ireland. He first played tennis in 1995 and joined Tennis Sydney in 1998. He was elected to the Committee in 2004 where he took on the role of Membership Coordinator until 2006. From 2006-2008 he moved to a new role as Competition Coordinator for the Club. He was President from 2009-2015.

Brendan has contributed an enormous amount of time and energy to Tennis Sydney over 11 years, not the least in being the Club’s ‘unofficial’ driver/courier/delivery van in arranging and transporting everything from trophies, balls, and other supplies that ensure our mid-week competitions, tournaments and doubles days run smoothly and to great success. He was always among one of the first to arrive at a venue to set-up and among the last to leave.

He, along with the Treasurer, has administered the finances of the Club ensuring the continued growth and stability of Tennis Sydney. Brendan also represented the Club at Team Sydney Sports Council meetings and was our representative for Tennis Sydney membership and participation to Tennis NSW, Mardi Gras and GLISA. For several years he coordinated the Club’s participation at Fair Day and has been instrumental in negotiating the Club’s insurance and free player personal accident insurance through Tennis NSW.

For his sustained leadership and exceptional contribution to the administration and operations of Tennis Sydney, Brendan was inducted into the Tennis Sydney ‘Hall of Fame’ by Leanne Spencer in 2013.

Leanne Spencer

Leanne has been involved with Tennis Sydney since 1998. During this time she has served on the Committee in the role of Secretary for more than 6 years under different Committees. Leanne has also served on the Committees of Amazons Tennis and Team Sydney.

Leanne has contributed an enormous amount of time and energy to Tennis Sydney over the years. The role she performs as Secretary is invaluable to the smooth running of the Club behind the scenes. She has re-drafted our constitution and ensures that the Club meets its legal obligations under the Associations Act. She has progressively archived all the Committee minutes from the meetings and acts as ‘informal’ counsel on matters relating to the Club’s financial and administration procedures. These time consuming but essential tasks are performed with Lee’s usual good humour and grace.

For her outstanding, long standing, and continuing contribution to the administration of Tennis Sydney, Leanne was inducted to the Tennis Sydney ‘Hall of Fame’ by Craig Hunt in 2012.

Peter Deacon

Peter commenced on the Committee around 1994 and quickly took an active interest in making Tennis Sydney a real working sports club for its members.

Peter became Secretary in 1995 and he was responsible for starting and developing the Spring tournament held around September of that year with the first few being held at the Sydney Tennis Academy in Oxford Falls in the northern suburbs of Sydney.

Peter also organised the tennis weekends in Bowral in 1996 and 1997 which also included the Canberra tennis players. As a separate event for 2 years Peter organised a competition against the Canberra players which was held at the Institute of Sport in Canberra. Peter was also instrumental in the success of the two Tennis Sydney floats in 1996 and 1997.

He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2006.

Carl Copas

Carl started working with the Committee in 1994 and continued in an active role until becoming President in 1996 before stepping down in 1998. During this time he hosted fundraisers at Moore Park Bowling Club, hosted the Tennis Sydney Trivia night, and helped organise trips away to Bowral in 1995 and 1996. Carl was also a very enthusiastic participant in the Tennis Sydney floats for the 1996 and 1997 Mardi Gras Parades.

Carl was elected President again in 2002 and I know it was a huge thrill for him to present many medals at the 2002 Gay Games. Carl stood down as President and from the Committee in 2004, however still continues to contribute to Tennis Sydney.

Carl was inducted by Ben Alfred in 2006.

Norm Lawrence

Norm has been a member of Tennis Sydney since 1992 and served on the committee from 1994-1998 and from 2001-2004, and in particular as Secretary from 1996-1998 and again from 2002 – 2004.

In this time Norm worked tirelessly to ensure that minutes were taken and agendas prepared and that Tennis Sydney was meeting it’s legal obligations.

Norm was inducted by Carl Copas in 2006.

Edwin Christiansen

Ed began his tennis career on the asphalt playgrounds of a catholic school. Ed’s role models were the normal gay icons of his day such as Bea Smith from Prisoner and Alexis Colby from Dynasty. He would slip into either personality on the tennis court and either threaten them with a hot iron, or banish people for bad etiquette.

Ed is single-minded and committed to everything he undertakes, serving as a committee member of Tennis Sydney from 1998 to 2006. Edwin was President between 1999-2002. Edwin’s great gift to the club given was his enthusiasm and love for tennis where he saw his role as ambassador for the club – with Edwin’s trademark welcome to Sunday Tennis his specialty.

In his time as President, he was instrumental in the continued organising of trivia nights, acted as Division Captain for the Slims Tour for many years, wrote and designed a professional look for our tournament entry forms. He was a key instigator of the Tennis Sydney website under the able artistic and technical direction of Andrew Medhurst.

Edwin, or the ever endearing Rosie Casals, has been the successful victor of many Mardi Gras, Peter Deacon and Thursday night competitions as well as claiming the gold medal with Anton Enus at the 2002 Gay Games.

Edwin was inducted in the Hall of Fame by Andrew Medhurst in 2006.

Craig Hunt

Craig Hunt is the founder of the extremely successful Virgina Slims Competition. These mid-week seasonal competitions were the staple events of Tennis Sydney.

Craig moved to Sydney in 1995 and decided to start up a night competition, canvassing eight players for the initial tour. Owen Gallagher got wind of the idea and decided to organise another eight players and so the Virginia Slims Thursday night competition was born, with 16 players.

At that stage the competitions were run independently of Tennis Sydney by Craig. However, it quickly became a popular event and soon after the President of Tennis Sydney at the time, Peter Deacon, suggested to Craig that he come onto the committee and run it under the auspices of Tennis Sydney. And so it became a formal Tennis Sydney event which continued to grow in numbers with some competitions hosting more than 80 players.

Craig continued to run the night competition for 10 years before deciding to take a break, whereupon he handed over reigns to Brendan Moore, who then took over the role with aplomb.

Craig was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2002.

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