PAT SAWTELL
PAT SAWTELL

Lismore tennis loses stalwart

EAST LISMORE Tennis Club life member Pat Sawtell, who died this month after a short illness, will be sorely missed.

Pat was a big part of the East Lismore club for more than 40 years, holding positions as treasurer, club captain and patron.

She was awarded life membership in 1991 and became patronin 2004.

Although her roles in club aministration were important, it was Pat the person that was the club’s greatest asset – she was an excellent mentor to all who entered her life.

Her calmness, generosity and warm sense of humour set the standard for others.

In the 1970s the club was on the brink of closing, but with Pat’s untiring hard work and leadership it rode the storm.

It was Pat’s long-term ambition to see the club have artificial grass courts and that dream was realised in 1998 when she opened the club’s first grass courts (along with Doug Page and John Shepherd, other life members of the club).

East Lismore Tennis Club has completed another successful year with championship winners awarded their trophies at the Christmas party on December 12.

Championship winners:

Men’s singles: Division 1, Darrel Sullivan; Div 1B, Jeremy Sullivan; Div 2, Danny Rosolen.

Women’s singles: Division 1, Katie Patterson; Div 2, Joanne Rucker.

Men’s doubles: Division 1, Peter Sullivan and Mitch Patterson; Div 1B, Terry Woods and Phil Harcourt; Div 2, Danny Rosolen and Jeff Patterson.

Women’s doubles: Division 1, Katie Patterson and Denise Simes; Div 2, Joanne Rucker and Heather Cole.

Mixed doubles: Division 1, David Oliver and Naomi Doncaster; Div 1B, Terry Woods and Linda Hungerford; Div 2, Peter Mowle and Carmel Pollard.

The East Lismore courts will be out of action in January to allow them to be upgraded to a new articificial grass surface.



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