© JOHN BRANNEN – THE NEWS
Conrad Robertson, 8, of New Glasgow returns a serve in a match played at the Westside Community Centre Friday morning. He was one of 19 youth aged 10 - 13 playing in the Westside Tennis Jamboree.
NEW GLASGOW – Friday was the final day of the Westside Tennis Jamboree and 19 youth aged 10 to 13 came out to compete.
This is the first time in three years that the jamboree, held at the Westside Community Centre, has featured this age group.
Scott Graham, the event’s organizer was pleased that attendance has been so strong.
“There were quite a few tennis players even back five years ago,” he said. “But we’ve had to try and rebuild the base and we’re starting to see the youth come though.”
Conrad Robertson is this year’s youngest participant but even at age 8, he’s got two years of experience.
“I’ve been taking some lessons too,” he said. “I’ve been practicing so I’m not too nervous playing.”
For the Vanzyl’s of New Glasgow, tennis is a family affair. Three siblings took part in the jamboree yesterday.
Max, 12, Allie, 11, and Ania, 9 have spent previous summers on the Westside tennis courts.
“We like to watch tennis too, like the Rogers cup,” said Max. “Roger Federer is our favorite tennis player.”
For those interested in getting involved in tennis at any age that the Westside Tennis Courts are open until Oct. 31. There are half-season rates for memberships now and day passes are still available at New Glasgow Town Hall.