IN APPRECIATION: Bill Cox, of Ballina, was last Sunday presented with an award for his work at the Ballina Tennis Club.
IN APPRECIATION: Bill Cox, of Ballina, was last Sunday presented with an award for his work at the Ballina Tennis Club.

Bill Cox honoured by Tennis NSW

BILL Cox, of Ballina, was given a ‘pleasant surprise’ at the Ballina Tennis Club open day last Sunday.


The 79-year-old was presented with a Tennis NSW Certificate of Recognition for his work at the club.


The award was originally announced at the Medibank International Sydney tennis tournament earlier this month.
Bill has been a member of the club since 1993 when he moved to Ballina from Sydney.


And the former carriage builder was keen to use his handy skills to keep the tennis club in top condition.


He took up the position of maintenance man in 1995, with the club deciding it would pay the nominal fee of $50 per week for Bill’s work – which could at times extend to 40 hours per week.
 

Bill sweeps the courts twice a day, he stitches the nets and does many other odd jobs around the clubhouse.
“I like things in order,” he said after receiving his award.


But he did admit it might be time to take on an apprentice.


When he received the award from Tennis NSW representative Kylie Hunt, he was asked to say a few words.
He simply said: “Does anyone want a job?”


President of the tennis club, Anne Marchment, on the day encouraged members to go back to the old days where voluntary working bees were held around the clubhouse.


Meanwhile, at the open day, recognition also was given to the $34,000 the tennis club had received in the past eight months from two State government grants.


The $16,000 NSW Climate Change grant was used to install solar hot water, insulation in the clubhouse, rainwater tanks to service the ablutions block and environmentally efficient lighting, while the Building Partnerships grant of $18,000 will be used to replace some of the perimeter fencing.


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