A group of talented young persons from the Southwest Tennis Club (SWTC) participated in the junior tournament in Freeport, Grand Bahama, over the weekend.
For some of them, it was their first experience traveling abroad to a tennis tournament and it proved to be very rewarding.
The SWTC, under the direction of President Mike Butler, returned to New Providence with some of the fruits of their labour.
The club was created by a few tennis enthusiasts in the community. Its mission has been clear – to provide additional educational and sporting alternatives to the young people of the southwestern district of New Providence with a view of becoming a model for the Commonwealth of The Bahamas.
Butler stated: “The other founding fathers of the club have committed to extend and expand the vision of the club. Southwest tennis and its offsprings are providing mentorship and tennis lessons free of charge to scores of young people daily in spite of many unfavorable circumstances.”
Some of the young athletes competing in Freeport for the first time were Savano Hanna, Sharano Hanna, Brandon Duncombe and Khadin Evans. All of them competed in the 14-and-under (14U) division with the exception of Evans who competed in the 12-and-under (12U) division in singles. Also traveling as team members were Patrick Mackey Jr., Alyssa Roy and Sarai Clarke, all of whom who are associate junior members of the club.
Mackey played 12U singles and 14U doubles, Clarke played 12 and 14U singles and 14U doubles and Roy played 16U singles and doubles.
Giving thanks to God for all that He has done, Butler said they will remain consistent in carrying out the club’s mandate. He extended special thanks to Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association (BLTA) President Darnette Weir and Julian Robinson from A-plus Pest Control on Faith Avenue for making the trip possible.
In a BLTA statement, congratulations were sent out to Mike Butler and the SWTC, its debut athletes and associate members on their participation and success. The statement read: “The BLTA recognizes the important work of these community-based clubs whose focus is the building up of the young kids of our country and giving them the skills and opportunities for development and growth.”
According to reports, the group from SWTC competed fiercely, returning with championship and finalist trophies.