Life has served up a new calling for tennis-lovers Gavin Wright and Breanna Tilly as they have been named the new operators of the Toowoomba Regional Tennis Centre at the University of Southern Queensland.
Mr Wright, who has been coaching tennis in Toowoomba for about 25 years, said he applied for the operator role through Tennis Queensland and was thrilled to get the position.
‘We’re hoping to get the centre fully operational at the start of 2013,’ Mr Wright said.
‘We’re planning to open up a pro shop, café, and licensed bar in the centre as well as holding coaching programs for kids, fixture programs for all levels of skills, events especially for USQ staff and students and much more.
‘I’ve been coaching for a long time and have also worked with Tennis Australia, although I have considered operating my own courts.
‘The only option I saw was to build my own but that would cost too much, so being able to operate the courts at USQ is a fantastic opportunity and I really want to be able energize the centre.’
Miss Tilly is a professional tennis player who has been coached by Mr Wright and she said she was looking forward to following her passion.
‘Running the tennis centre will be something new for me, for both of us actually,’ Miss Tilly said.
‘I started playing tennis in Year 1, my parents just booked me in for lessons.
‘I ended up really enjoying it and now it’s what I do full time, playing matches all around Australia.’
The centre has also applied to become a franchise for the Asia-Pacific Tennis League and could see some of the world’s best tennis players come to USQ later in the year.
Mr Wright said the centre would become fully-functional on January 1, 2013, but people were more than welcome to book the courts in the meantime.
The $3.6 million centre was part of the Regional Tennis Facilities program and is a joint partnership of State Government, Tennis Queensland, Toowoomba Regional Council, Toowoomba Tennis Association and USQ.
The Centre, located in Baker Street at USQ, features 12 world-class standard courts and a two-storey tennis clubhouse linked to the Clive Berghofer Recreation Centre.
To book a game at the Toowoomba Regional Tennis Centre, call Gavin or Breanna on 0413 004 457 or 0437 119 875.
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