National senior titles titillate the region

Jackson Lavell-LeeBusselton Dunsborough Times
Bryan Kelly SA, Carole Campling NSW, Meryl Peet WA, Sue Jamieson NZ and Brian Stewart WA at the Australian Seniors Tennis Championships
Camera IconBryan Kelly SA, Carole Campling NSW, Meryl Peet WA, Sue Jamieson NZ and Brian Stewart WA at the Australian Seniors Tennis Championships Credit: Jackson Lavell-Lee

Busselton is bouncing with tennis this week, after the 2020 Australian national seniors championships kicked off at the Bunbury and Busselton tennis clubs last Sunday.

The event runs until January 17, featuring more than 1000 competitors in team and individual events.

The popular Teams Carnival takes place this week, with 730 representative teams from WA, interstate and overseas.

The Teams Carnival is a doubles competition for women and men, with age-group divisions ranging from 35 to more than 80 years old.

Catherine Brock serves during the Australian Seniors Tennis Championships.
Camera IconCatherine Brock serves during the Australian Seniors Tennis Championships. Credit: Jackson Lavell-Lee

The WA teams will be looking to capitalise on their homeground advantage and develop their success from last year’s national seniors event in Shepparton, where they took out the over-80s men’s title and the 55-60 female division 2 title.

Tennis seniors WA president Paul Moss said the new Busselton Tennis Club had arguably the best regional tennis facilities in Australia.

Busselton Tennis Club president Barry House said the club was proud to play host to the tournament.

“Busselton is a bustling tourism mecca in January, so our players and spectators will be able to take advantage of the beautiful weather, sandy beaches and the world’s finest wines, food and caves,” he said.

South Australian representative Bryan Kelly said he had made lifelong friendships through the Australian national seniors championships.

Kaye Nealon and Helen Worland from NSW.
Camera IconKaye Nealon and Helen Worland from NSW. Credit: Busselton Dunsborough Times, Jackson Lavell-Lee

“There has been fires on Kangaroo Island and my wool shed was burnt down the day I was due to come here but I’ve had a lot of support from competitors here and I’m really enjoying the distraction of tennis,” he said.

New Zealand representative Sue Jamieson said she was staying in Busselton for two weeks and the facilities were “fabulous”.

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