Hillcrest Tennis Club in Mayfield celebrated their 85th birthday over the weekend as they were joined by special guests Sharon Claydon MP, Federal Member for Newcastle and City of Newcastle Deputy Mayor, Cr Declan Clausen. Club President Elva Osborne said she felt that the club has been operating so successfully over the past few years it was a perfect time to celebrate a milestone.
Ms Claydon and Cr Clausen were joined by members of the club committee, life members, coach Jason Quinn and his Saturday juniors and their parents, and Tennis NSW Development Officer, Kath Barber.
Patron of Hillcrest Tennis Club, Ms Claydon was delighted to be invited to the club again and catch up with the Tennis club committee, ably led by Elva Osborne. Ms Claydon stated “the Hillcrest Tennis Club is a great example of sport catering for people of all ages. This small community facility is continuing to provide opportunities for residents’ physical, social and mental wellbeing. I have my own great memories of playing on these courts and I congratulate the committee on its ongoing management of the facility”.
Deputy Mayor Clausen spoke on behalf of the City of Newcastle about the transformation of the tennis club since 1938 when the club was a hub for the steel industry, and thanked the committee and the community for looking after the facility in partnership with council. Cr Clausen also acknowledged the work with fundraising, maintenance and security that has been undertaken by the tennis community, enabling Hillcrest’s viable for 85 years.