Victory for veterans
GYMPIE’S top veterans tennis players showed their class at the Gympie Gold Veterans Tennis Tournament, according to event director Warren Arnell.
Arnell yesterday said Gympie players achieved great results at the massive event that drew 132 players from across Queensland and New South Wales.
“The tournament went really well,” Arnell said.
“There was a very high standard of tennis and the Gympie boys and girls did very well.
“We were lucky with the weather as well. Rain didn’t stop any play at all.”
A number of Gympie players won their events in the hotly contested tournament.
Warren Arnell, Barry Hardingham, Steve Banney, Betty Mallett, Greg Hampson, Ailsa Kington and Kym Ireland all came out on top. Arguably the tournament’s most prestigious award went to Sunshine Coast’s Peter Proost who defended his title as over 35 singles champion.
Proost, in winning that section, was awarded the Joan and Steve Andrews trophy.
Steve Andrews was an avid Gympie tennis player who donates the trophy each year.
“Steve was on hand on Sunday to hand over his trophy to Peter, who actually won it last year as well,” Arnell said.
“Peter was a class above – I don’t think he even really got challenged in his matches.”
Arnell said holding such a big tournament took a lot of effort and people behind the scenes helping out.
“I got a lot of help from Gympie tennis players,” Arnell said.
“There is a lot of work that goes into running a tournament like this, so it was great to see it run so smoothly.
“The rain held off, the tennis was very good and Gympie players did very well – it was a really successful event.”