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Challenge Tennis Centre

​Ceremonial display from local indigenous elders giving their blessing to the new facility

​Challenge Tennis Centre Opens

After many years of planning, collaboration and hard work, the $555,990 Challenge Tennis Centre was officially opened at Southport State High School on Friday 29th July.

State Member for Southport Peter Lawlor gave a speech congratulating all parties involved with the development of the new facility – the Gold Coast City Council, Labrador Tennis Club, Sport & Recreation Qld, Tennis Queensland and Southport State High School. It was a collaborative partnership with Gold Coast City Council providing $176,000, the Labrador Tennis Club contributing $108,711 and Sport and Recreation Queensland chipping in with the vital remainder of the project cost with $271,279 granted.
This first-class tennis facility consists of four tennis courts and two multipurpose courts surfaced with plexipave as well as two synthetic grass tennis courts and improved lighting. Since the completion of the facility in early 2011 we have seen some very promising outcomes, including the establishment of a professional coaching program – Pure Tennis Academy. The venue is now the new home of the Labrador Tennis Club.
Sport Minister Mr Phil Reeves was another honorable guest and his speech highlighted the collaboration and effort from the tennis stakeholders that has resulted in a fantastic venue for not only our school but also the wider Gold Coast community.
Guests were treated to a ceremonial display from local indigenous elders who gave their blessing to the facility and performed a ceremonial dance.
A tennis exhibition from local 11/U junior players Rocco and Olivia showcased their talents and abilities against the venue head coach James Griffiths from Pure Tennis. Local rising tennis star Sara Tomic (younger sister of 2011 Wimbledon quarter finalist Bernard Tomic) was also utilising the facility, training hard on one of the 8 courts.
This wonderful tennis centre will be used by the school’s students during their PE lessons and school sport to encourage them to lead a healthy and active lifestyle. Gold Coast community members can also keep active by hiring the courts outside of school hours by contacting Pure Tennis Academy.