TRURO – A national award came as a surprise and out of the blue for the Truro Tennis Club.
The club, which has been in existence since 1971, was recognized with the Seasonal Facility Excellence Award at the 12th annual Tennis Professional Association’s national coaching conference. The conference saw 260 participants in Truro, with headlining Sam Sumyk, who currently works with Garbine Muguruza and formerly worked with both Eugenie Bouchard and Victoria Azarenka.
“This was very exciting,” said Don Cameron, now into his third year as club president. “It came as a complete surprise, a pleasant surprise. Tennis Nova Scotia nominated the club, again to our surprise, based on the criteria for the award. It came out of the blue.”
The club currently has 250 members – youth and adult – and has shown continuous growth over the years, which was one of the criteria for the award. Other criteria include having instructors certified with the Tennis Professional Association, and has shown it’s able to organize and host major events. Recipients also show a welcoming and inclusive club, which also shows in the increased membership.
Cameron said the award has been won in the past by clubs mainly based out of major cities, so this will give them more exposure, credibility, and recognition on the national level.
“It will put us on the tennis map for those across Canada,” he said. “Locally and provincially, this will hopefully make people think this is something worth checking out.”
The Truro Tennis Club offers six outdoor courts for use in the spring and summer months, along with their clubhouse. In the winter, they have a cooperation agreement with the Cougar Dome, and members will continue to play inside during the winter months.
Each year, the club hosts Tennis Nova Scotia and Tennis Nova Scotia Adult Team events in the spring and fall, and operates from May until November. In 2016, the club hosted the Atlantic Junior Championships, with players of all ages coming from the Atlantic Provinces.
Last year, the club initiated a new program for new members, who received their membership price at half the cost. Because of the response last year, that half-price membership program for new members will continue this year.
“We’re always looking for new members, especially youth as that’s where the growth is,” said Cameron.
When the club opens for the season, it will be offering free lessons for youth and adults, with racquets and balls provided.
For more information on the Truro Tennis Club, visit www.trurotennis.ca, call 902-895-2248 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. More information, including registration forms, can also be found at the Cougar Dome in Truro, or by contacting the Cougar Dome at 902-843-4171 or email@example.com.