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Time to celebrate
AN Adelaide Plains tennis club has been
presented the region's Community Event of
the Year award, after hosting an outstandingly
successful event signalling the club's bounce-
back from recent years of financial hardship.
The Two Wells and Districts Tennis Club held the
'Australian Open Celebration Party' last October,
with the event featuring a visit from one of the
sport's greats, Todd Woodbridge, along with the
Australian Open Trophy.
The club was chosen by Tennis Australia to
host the celebration following its success in a
nationwide competition for local clubs to register
interest from new community members.
Junior co-ordinator Marie Tapscott nominated
her Two Wells club for the Australia Day award
because she believed the small committee
deserved recognition for pulling off such a large-
scale and successful campaign to host the event.
Mrs Tapscott described the club as having a long
and proud history, but challenges in recent years
have tested, and proved, the dedication of some of
the club's committee members.
"Tennis boomed here (in Two Wells) for a
long, long time...my mum was the junior coach
for the club and had over 100 children she was
coaching," she said.
"This term, we have had about 32 or 33.
"In 2010, the club was in a financial crisis and it
has only been through the huge effort of committee
members that we are in a position where we are
now financially stable and quite a vibrant club."
Mrs Tapscott said she wasn't overly confident the
nomination would lead to anything, but was very
pleased when she received the good news.
The most satisfying part of the event's
recognition, she said, was that it celebrated both
the dedication of the committee, but also the
support and generosity of locals.
"The event couldn't have happened without
the support of the town and the people who
supported us financially through goods and
services," she said.
All-round role model
A ROLE model for her peers, who has
dedicated almost her entire life to helping
others, Dublin's Amy Paech has been
awarded the Adelaide Plains' Young Citizen
of the Year.
The 19-year-old has achieved more than
some could achieve in an entire lifetime,
having committed herself to various sports,
community groups and clubs, as well as to
supporting people living with disabilities.
Amy's mother, Anne-Marie Paech, said her
daughter had always been a committed volunteer,
both within her school, Balaklava High School,
and her home community of Dublin.
Some of the different areas she has volunteered
in include the Gawler Calisthenics Club and
the local scouts clubs, where she found her
passion of working with disabled people.
"She's been heavily involved with scouts since
she was 10, and now she works with people
with disabilities and that stemmed from her
involvement within the scouts," Mrs Paech
"That was her first connection with kids with
disabilities and she just fell in love with them."
Amy has since then undertaken TAFE studies
to complete her disability services training and
has gained employment at disability services
Family friend and fellow community volunteer
Pat Thompson had been keen to nominate Amy
for several years, but hadn't been able to due to
poor health -- until now.
"I have been absolutely astonished about her
capabilities to learn, to help, to participate,
and she has never been frightened to roll her
sleeves up and dig in," Mrs Thompson said.
"She is just kind-hearted, and that's why I
Dublin’s Amy Paech has received many
diferent awards throughout her years as a
dedicated community member, but nothing
could have prepared her to be named as the
Adelaide Plains’ Young Citizen of the Year.
Two Wells and Districts Tennis Club committee
members: Diane Meaney (back left), Allan Briscoe,
Trudy van Osch (president), Marie Tapscott, Tania
Esposito, Adele Stewart (front left) and player Airlie
Tapscott are all excited to have hosted Adelaide
Plains’ Community Event of the Year.
PHOTO: Laura Collins
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