TENNIS Victoria chief executive Dr Ruth Holdaway was in the region earlier this week, catching up with local tennis clubs to see what the representative body could do for grassroots sport.
Along with club development officer Tanya Mason, Dr Holdaway stopped at Longford, Briagolong and Maffra tennis clubs on Monday, toured Sale’s new facilities on Tuesday morning, before heading off to the Latrobe Valley, and the northern regions later in the week.
Dr Holdaway, a highly credentialed gender equality campaigner, was the chief executive of Women in Sport UK, prior to her appointment at Tennis Victoria.
Named by United Kingdom media as one of the 50 most influential women in sport in the UK, Dr Holdaway strove to increase women and girls’ participation in sport through initiatives such as This Girl Can.
While in Maffra, Dr Holdaway listened to club concerns, looked over new projects and discussed how to increase participation.
Dr Holdaway proposed an exciting new initiative that will take place at Gippsland clubs this summer, to coincide with the Australian Open.
Open Racquet sessions are a seriously casual, commitment-free format of tennis that aims to get those who have previously played (or who might like to play) back on the court, regardless of ability.
Information about Open Racquet sessions is available from local clubs.