THE number 40 might be significant when it comes to scoring in tennis, but this year it is significant to the Wanneroo Tennis Club for a different reason.
Formed in 1975 by Trevor Johnson, the club will celebrate its 40th anniversary this month.
Current president Ross Sensenberger said the club started “at the old courts by the showground” where it stayed for a couple of seasons before two courts were built at Elliot Park where the club has remained.
“The club was formed as there were no established tennis clubs in the whole of the then northern districts and this prompted Trevor to start the Wanneroo District Tennis Association (WDTA),” he said.
Mr Johnson formed seven tennis clubs under the WDTA banner with the first meeting held in August to formalise the new association, adopt a set of constitutional rules and start an intra-club summer competition.
Mid-week women’s and Saturday morning junior clinics and competitions also started during this time among the WDTA clubs.
The club grew to about 120 members in 1989, similar to its size now, with about 85 senior and 30 junior members.
In the early days, the club asked the Wanneroo council for a grant to build a clubhouse.
It was eventually accepted, with the club, City and State Government going thirds in the cost.
“To raise our portion of the cost, the members worked hard, giving freely of their time and volunteering for many fundraising activities such as the yearly MAG Review (Members Action Group talent show), cabarets, 24-hour non-stop tennis and the famous Wanneroo Show hamburger stall,” Mr Sensenberger said. Members still use and maintain the clubhouse and eight synthetic and two hard courts, hosting two tournaments a year as well as various social events.
The club will celebrate its 40-year history at Bridgeleigh Reception Centre, from 6.30pm on November 20.
Cost is $40.
RSVP to Bev on 0406 927 446 or email@example.com before Saturday.