Playing in pink

Laura Berechree, Leanne Gifford and Tim Arnold hit the court ahead of Smithton Tennis Club’s Open Day next Saturday (October 10), welcoming players and newcomers of all ages. Picture: Ashleigh Force.

Tennis. All levels of skill and experience are encouraged to “pink up” and welcome the new season in style at an upcoming Open Day.

Commencing at 10am on Saturday October 10, the day will be jam-packed with activities catering for juniors and beginners through to more experienced players.

Supporting the Breast Cancer Network Australia with a ‘Pink Sports Day’, Smithton Tennis Club is encouraging the community to try their hand at the game while sporting pink clothing.

“It’s a chance to open the club up to those who aren’t sure [about the sport], to have a go before they sign up,” Smithton Tennis Club secretary Laura Berechree said.

“We encourage everyone to pink-up in support of the breast cancer [network].”

A friendly doubles tournament, barbecue lunch, prizes, giveaways and a chance to hit the court will all be on offer, as well as the opportunity to register  for the season ahead.

For those confident with the racquet and ball, a round-robin doubles tournament will be running throughout the day for ages 12 and up.

Participants will work their way through matches with a new partner each game, the winning pair from each game taking even points. At the end of the day the player with the highest points will win an annual membership.

The season will officially start on Monday October 19 with the Hot Shots program for children aged five to 12 to commence on Sunday October 25.

“It’s a way to encourage children to be active and learn sportsmanship,” Smithton Tennis Club vice president Leanne Gifford said of the Hot Shots program.

As for older players, Leanne emphasised “there is something for everyone” with men’s, women’s and social grades available.

Laura Berechree, Leanne Gifford and Tim Arnold hit the court ahead of Smithton Tennis Club’s Open Day next Saturday (October 10), welcoming players and newcomers of all ages. Picture: Ashleigh Force.

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