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September 2021 Newsletter

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September 2021 Newsletter

 

Hi  LSClubbers

 

I hope you and your families are all safe and well.

This winter has been one of the coldest that I can recall in Cape Town in decades. The heaters and fires have been working overtime in the Williamson abode. Bbbrrrrrr!!

 

But we’re now into Spring, and as I type this, the sun is shining brightly outside and the birds are chirping merrily.

Carpe Diem!

 

One of the most memorable images that warmed my heart during this icy winter was the one of our golden girl, Tatjana Schoonmaker, at the Tokyo Olympics last month.

And it had less to do with her actual swimming performance, which was simply awesome, and more to do with her reactions after her race.

 

Having just blitzed the rest of her competitors to take the gold medal in the 200m breaststroke, the pure, unrestrained  joy and raw emotion that she showed when she realized that she had just smashed the world record had tears streaming down my cheeks.

 

What a proud ambassador she is for South Africa, and what an amazing role model she is for us - letting her tears, beaming smile, humility and grace do her chest-beating for her!

 

 It’s been a busy last few months for us at the club. We‘ve had some silverware to celebrate, and we’ve also used the extended break in the squash league season (due to COVID restrictions) to give our squash courts a funky new make-over.

 

We’ve had to unfortunately bid a sad farewell to a long-serving, loyal stalwart of our club who has emigrated to the US. And we’ve got our club’s 60th Anniversary function to look forward to.

So lot’s to catch up with in this bumper edition of our LSC Newsletter.  Grab yourself a cuppa and lend me your eyes for a few minutes…

1.  WELCOME:

 

A very warm welcome to our new members who have joined our club since my last LSC Newsletter.

On behalf of our LSC Committee, thank you for joining. We wish you many years of fun and fitness with us.

 

Please feel free to contact me if you want to discuss any matters pertaining to your membership.

 

2.  COVID-19 REGULATIONS:-

 

Under the current Adjusted Level-3 of the lockdown restrictions, it means that our club and courts are open, but Tennis South Africa and Squash South Africa are insisting that clubs still need to operate on a “Play-and-Go” model; i.e. unfortunately no social gatherings.

 

The media is abuzz that President Ramaphosa may be scheduling another “Family Meeting” in the coming days, and move us to Adjusted Level-2.

 

That may then allow clubs and their members more flexibility. But regardless of the level, we all need to please remain vigilant and compliant with the standard mandatory protocols i.e. sanitizing, temperature-reading and signing the register upon arrival, and wearing your mask at all times other than when you’re on court playing.

 

Not only are these measures in place for the right reasons (i.e. for your safety and the safety of others), but failure to comply with them could result in our club being forced to close if we were found to be disregarding the protocols.

 

Thanks for your continued understanding and full co-operation with this.

 

3.  CONGRATS TO OUR TENNIS SUPERSTARS!!

 

Big congrats to our Mens Doubles A team who were crowned Champions of the WP Tennis 2nd League earlier this year, and have earned a well-deserved promotion to the 1st League next year. It is an amazing achievement for a relatively small club like ours, when compared to much larger clubs like Constantia, Table View, WPCC, etc.).

 

 

Well done guys. We are super proud of you!

 

 

 

 

 

4.  FAREWELL TO TRACY MORRIS:

 

We have had to unfortunately bid a sad farewell to Tracy Morris, a long-serving stalwart of our club.

 

Not only is she a 4-time Ladies Singles Champion of our club, she has also captained our Ladies Tennis League team for the last past 6 years with aplomb, and has been a loyal, hard-working member on our LSC Committee.

 

Tracy has decided to emigrate to the USA for family reasons, but has promised not to be a stranger to our shores, and is hoping to be back in Cape Town for a visit in December.

 

@Trace – thank you for all that you have done for our club. We wish you and your family all the best in the next chapter of your life’s adventure.

 

 

Tracy Morris

Lize Wessels has kindly agreed to take over Tracy’s responsibilities as our Ladies Tennis Captain, as well as Tracy’s Ladies Tennis portfolio on our Committee. Thanks Lize.

 

5.  LEAGUE TENNIS:

 

If you are new to our club and would like to get involved in our league setup, please contact Lize Wessels (Ladies Captain) on 083 227 1871 or Llewellyn Snyman (Mens Captain) on 083 629 2399.

 

6.  SOCIAL TENNIS:

 

For new members not in-the-know, we have a very active Social Tennis setup at our club, facilitated through a vibrant WhatsApp group.

 

If you’re interested to get involved, please send me a WhatsApp message and I’ll add you to the group.

 

We’ve also just restarted our popular Sunday Social Tennis get togethers. Both the Llandudno tennis courts are now block- booked every Sunday from 11am to 1pm, and all members are welcome to join in the fun (weather permitting).

 

7.  ANNUAL LSC TENNIS CLUB CHAMPS:

 

We will be running our club’s Annual Tennis Club Championships from late October to early December.

The tournament is one of our club’s highlights and is open to all members of all playing skills. We have multiple competitions within the tournament format to ensure enjoyment for all.

 

I will send out a follow-up email in October providing more details and inviting entries.

 

8.  SQUASH & TENNIS COACHING AT LSC:

 

For Squash coaching – individual or group - members can contact Carrie Lam (083 414 6318) or William Tweddle (074 710 3746).   

 

For Tennis coaching – individual or group - members can contact Mike Lewis (082 334 9169) or Richard Fawcett (72 158 8338).

 

All our club’s coaches cater for all ages, genders and skill levels.

 

9.  CONGRATS TO OUR JUNIOR SQUASH STARS:

 

Our club’s junior squash players have been performing exceptionally well on the provincial stage.

 

Joshua Spencer-Derman (Boys u11), Sarah McLeod and Jessica du Toit (Girls u13), Brody Williamson (Boys u16), Emma du Toit (Girls u19) and Lochlan Williamson (Boys u19) all achieved great results at the WP Open and/or WP Closed Tournaments recently, flying our LSC flag high and proud!

 

Special congrats must go to Lochlan Williamson who started 2021 in the Boys u19 category as the #4-ranked player in WP and #25-ranked in SA.

 

He has made a dramatic rise up the rankings, having won the Boland Open in February, and then causing major upsets at the Bloemfontein Open (March) and SA Junior Nationals in Johannesburg (April).

 

He is currently ranked #2 in WP and #11 in SA. He must be commended for working incredibly hard at his game this year, and justly reserves the rewards he has achieved.

 

 

Lochlan Williamson

Well done to all our Juniors stars. The future of our club’s squash is very bright with you in our ranks!

 

10.  ANNUAL LSC SQUASH CLUB CHAMPS:

 

We will be running our club’s Annual Squash Club Championships from late September to late November.

The tournament is one of our club’s highlights and is open to all members of all playing skills. We have multiple competitions within the tournament format to ensure enjoyment for all.

 

I will send out a follow-up email shortly, providing more details and inviting entries.

 

11.  LOST PROPERTY:

 

If you’ve lost/left anything at the club, the easiest way to try and track it down is to contact our groundsman, Clive Moses, on 072 207 6508.

 

 

12.  COURT MAINTENANCE:

 

We took advantage of the break in the WP League Squash season during the winter months (due to COVID restrictions) to give both our squash courts a funky make-over.

 

We also got a specialist contractor down from Pretoria to strip down the problematic front wall of Court 2 and completely redo it.

We are very happy with the result. Court 2 now meets league squash standards again.

 

On the matter of squash court maintenance, we have had some unfortunate incidents this year where the floors have been marked due to players wearing shoes that do not have non-marking soles - this despite the clear signage on both courts doors.

 

We also had an incident where a member was wearing the correct squash shoes, but had worn them socially as well, and a dark rubber substance had got attached to the sole of his shoe, which then made the marks on the floor.

 

So that is a lesson for all squash players: make sure you arrive and leave the club in other shoes, and only put your squash shoes on just before you enter the court. And then take them off again before you leave the club.

 

A big thank you to Jesse Pereira who installed new cameras in our club, which enabled me to track down the culprits.

 

Remember: Ignorance is not an excuse. Make sure you, your kids and any of your/their guests know and follow the rules.

Thank you.

 

13.  2021/22 SUBS NOW DUE:

 

Our club’s financial year runs from 1 September to 31 August. You will shortly be receiving an email from Sheena, our Club’s Treasurer, with your subs renewal invoice.

 

We kept our fees the same (0% increase) last year, as a concession for the period that the courts were unavailable during Levels 5 & 4 of the lockdown.

 

For the 2021/22 years, our Committee has limited the fee increase to just 2%.

  • Single Membership:       R1,500
  • Family Membership:      R1,800
  • Student Membership:   R750

 

 

Thanks in advance for your prompt payments.

 

If you haven’t received your invoice from Sheena by the end of September, there is a chance she may be using an incorrect email address for you, or it has gone into a Spam/Junk folder.

 

If that’s the case for you, please be proactive and email her (sheenastephens@iafrica.com) or me with your correct email address, and Sheena will resend the mail to you.

 

14.  LSC 60TH ANNIVERSARY:

 

Our club was founded in 1961 by Gray Holland. For those of you who have been LSC members for 10 years or more, you will fondly remember our 50th Anniversary function that we held at Suikerbossie Restaurant in 2011.

 

It has always been in our plans to hold a 60th Anniversary function in 2021, but we’ve obviously had to work around COVID restrictions.

 

Even though there is a strong likelihood that President Ramaphosa may relax the restrictions in the coming weeks, we will still have the reality of evening curfews for the foreseeable future.

 

With that in mind, we’ve decided to go with a Sunday afternoon braai function at Suikerbossie, rather than an evening function that would be abruptly cut short due to a curfew time, just as everyone was finding their funky disco moves on the dancefloor.

 

Please diarize Sunday 28 November as the date for our celebratory function. It is going to be a memorable occasion.

I will send through more details in due course.

 

15.  POPIA:

 

The POPIA (Protection of Personal Information Act) came into effect in South Africa on 1 July 2021. On behalf of the LSC Committee, I would like to assure you that your personal data (name, contact details, address) is used solely for the purpose of keeping a record of our members for the current year, and for internal communications to you (like this newsletter).

We will not share your personal data with anyone without your consent, nor use it for any marketing purposes.

 

16.  CHANGE IN MY EMAIL ADDRESS:

 

“Get your kicks on Route 66”

Those iconic lyrics were immortalized for me by Depeche Mode in 1988 when I was an impressionable teenager.

And so it comes to pass that after 66 Quarters at Oracle Corporation (16.5 years), I’ve resigned after much thought and perspective. I certainly got my fair share of kicks along the route, but now I am looking forward to a new adventure.

 

My @oracle.com email address will be decommissioned at the end of the month, so please update your records with my Gmail address (robert.barry.williamson@gmail.com), which I will use for all LSC-related correspondence going forward.

(When I joined Oracle in 2005, I don’t think Gmail even existed!!).

 

 

And that’s a wrap!  Thanks for staying the course and reading through to the end!

 #StaySafe

 

Cheers

Rob

 

Rob Williamson

Chairperson: Llandudno Sports Club

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