Tennis Seniors Australia recently hosted its annual Teams Carnival in Hobart, drawing over 700 players ranging from 30 to over 80 years old. Four talented participants from Gladstone – Ann Leinster, Paula Rideout, Gayle Aldridge and Malcolm Pollock – joined the likely competition.
The event, sprawling across six venues in Hobart and extending to Cygnet, saw Malcolm competing in the men’s over 65 age group against players from the Gold Coast and Brisbane. Despite not securing any medals, the Gladstone team, including Ann, Gayle, and Paula, exhibited outstanding teamwork. They played alongside three ladies from South East Queensland and finished the week undefeated, narrowly losing in a closely contested final against Tasmania.
The tournament, marked by the forging of new friendships and the renewal of old acquaintances, left a lasting impression on the Gladstone participants. While they may not have claimed the top spot, their collective effort, sportsmanship, and resilience showcased the true spirit of tennis camaraderie. Looking ahead, Ann, Gayle, Paula, and Malcolm eagerly anticipate next year’s competition in Adelaide, ready to bring their skills and team spirit to the courts once again. The Gladstone team’s performance not only demonstrated their tennis prowess but also celebrated the joy, friendship, and shared passion that make Tennis Seniors Australia events truly special.