After four decades leading Elizabeth’s prime tennis club, super-volunteer Gloria Dennis (pictured above, far right) has stepped aside as Playford Tennis Club president.
And as she departs, Gloria's dedication and contribution to sport in SA has been recognised with the Volunteer of the Year Award at the SA Sports Awards presentation held on 22 November.
During Gloria's tenure there has been much change in the local tennis community, which began when she moved to the area in 1970.
The club was originally named Elizabeth, then The Grove and now Playford, while Gloria was also involved with the development of the club’s previous home the Bicentennial Tennis Centre and its current home, the Playford Tennis Centre.
Gloria has tried to retire once before, but the opportunity to help her club take the next step in its history brought her back for one more shot – the move to its current Elizabeth East site.
“I’ve always wanted to do something to raise people’s perception of Elizabeth and this tennis centre can do that, this community is worthy of having a facility of this magnitude,” Gloria said.
“It’s not just about the tennis for me, it’s showing that something really good can happen in Elizabeth.
“I feel that tennis has been a way I can raise the profile of my community.”
There have also been personal benefits to being involved in the sport she loves.
“It’s the physical activity, it’s a chance to work towards a goal. I’m quite competitive,” Gloria said.
“I also think it’s very good for your mental health and the interaction socially, the feeling of belonging, of being involved in a team or club is beneficial.”
To join the Playford Tennis Club, visit the club’s Facebook page, or contact the Playford Tennis Centre on 8252 1900.
Gloria Dennis from the Playford Tennis Club is Sport SA Volunteer of the Year!!! #PlayfordProudTennis SA | Tennis Australia | City of PlayfordPosted by Playford Sports Network on Friday, 22 November 2019