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Brunswick Lions Club serve tennis club donation, help break ground on new courts

Craig DuncanSouth Western Times
Lions Club member Mark Talbot and Brunswick Tennis club president Julianne Hill.
Camera IconLions Club member Mark Talbot and Brunswick Tennis club president Julianne Hill. Credit: Craig Duncan

The Brunswick Tennis Club are breaking ground on new courts after being served a $12,000 donation from the Brunswick Lions Club.

Brunswick Tennis club president Julianne Hill said the club will be repaving courts, opening facilitates to the public and bringing pickleball to town of Brunswick.

The club initially received funding for the upgrades from the State Government’s Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities Fund, Shire of Harvey, Albemarle and Qube.

Ms Hill said the extra donation from the Lions Club has given the tennis club security in the project.

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“That donation gives us some breaking space and gets us going, it’s been great,” she said.

Lions Club member Mark Talbot said the group didn’t want the tennis club under extra pressure for the improvements and that this is an ongoing way to support them and community.

Ms Hill said the the old courts were brittle and dangerous and these upgrades should keep the community excited to use the courts.

“We have between 50 and 70 junior players come to the club every Tuesday,” she said.

“We don’t want these kids to leave Brunswick, we want them to have something to do in town and there’s no sporting facilities for them except this one.”

Mr Talbot said the club is committed to supporting the tennis club in their adventure to get the courts finished and kids playing tennis again.

“For us to be able to help the only junior sport that’s being played in the Brunswick area is quite important to us,” he said.

“It’s a great project for us to be behind.”

Ms Hill said the courts will be open to the public when completed and two courts will be turned into eight pickleball courts for the community.

Pickleball is the largest growing sport in America and the new courts will open the club to a whole new demographic of people, Ms Hill said.

Mr Talbot said, when the renovations are done the club will be the “showpiece of the town”.

The club plan to have the courts ready for the next tennis season.

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