The North Woden Tennis Club received $ 825,000 from the ACT government to rebuild four hard tennis courts. Work will start at the end of next year.
Terry Lennard, club president, said the hard courts were a welcome addition to the growing center.
“We have started the planning and design process and look forward to making the improved courts available to our members and the community as soon as possible. “
Robyn Hendry, Tennis ACT, said the news had been in the works for five years.
The disabled-friendly club, founded in 1968, is home to the wheelchair center for all skill levels and was awarded the ACT Tennis Club of the Year and Most Inclusive Club award in 2018.
“It really is a safe and welcoming space for people of all abilities,” said Yvette Berry, ACT Minister of Sports and Recreation.
She expected the participation of people with disabilities in the sport to increase after Australian wheelchair athlete Dylan Alcott became the third professional tennis player and the only male player to win the calendar year Golden Slam this year. – with singles titles at the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon, US Open and the gold medal in singles at the 2020 Paralympic Summer Games. He was, along with the Dutch Diede de Groot, the first professional tennis player to do so since Steffi Graf in 1988.
“When you see athletes like Dylan go above and beyond and their remarkable commitment to tennis, it really gives people something to aspire to,” Ms. Berry said.
Aspen Medical sponsors the Wheelchair Tennis Center for two years.
Some 32,000 Canberrans play tennis.
“Canberra has the highest sport and recreation participation in the country, so our investment has to match that,” Ms. Berry said.
The ACT government is building a $ 9 million facility in Gungahlin, started by tennis professional Nick Kyrgios last year. The Amaroo facility will include a dozen full-size courts, hot shot courts, a hitting wall, LED lighting, parking and a pavilion.
Ainslie, Eastlake and Kambah tennis clubs will also benefit from new LED lighting to extend playing and class times.
Planning and design of the Gungahlin Courts will begin shortly – once a consultant is appointed.
In Woden, the ACT government is also improving the closed ovals at Phillip for the sports of cricket and ball.