Alan Maguire is honoured by O.T.A. for service

At the Ontario Tennis Assn. Association AGM meeting earlier this month, our own Alan Maguire was presented with a plaque acknowledging the over 20 years of volunteer hours, advice, participation and counsel that Alan has contributed to the sport of tennis. In addition to being a member of the Wanless Board, he also offered his expertise to the Tennis Toronto Board for many years. This helped put Wanless on the Toronto Community Tennis map and enabled him to bring to our club ideas from other clubs.

Alan has worked tirelessly over this twenty year period at Wanless and was recognized with an honourary membership in the Wanless Tennis Honour Roll two years ago. A major accomplishment of Alan’s was the overseeing the completion of our fabulous new clubhouse opened 2 years ago. Check out our website for the pictures from the 50th anniversary party and you will see the photos of the presentation!

Congratulations again to Alan and thank you from all at Wanless for all your dedication to the club.
alan maguire receives OTA Service Award from Scott Fraser and Michel Lecavillier

Kids tennis needs kids courts!

In 2012, the International Tennis Federation changed the “Official Rules of Tennis” to include specific rules for 10 and under competition. This was a change heard around the world facilitating the addition of blended lines to tennis courts. Many national sports bodies responsible for tennis such as the USTA and Tennis Canada provided grants to help facilities comply with the new rules.

In the United States 2,709 courts for 10 and Under Tennis (36’ and 60’) were built or lined in 2014.

The following link by Tennis Canada shows some Canadian clubs taking advantage of the grants.

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If you are vacationing note whether the courts you are using have blended line. Many players do not even notice them.

Tennis positively affects your health

TENNIS AND HEALTH

  • People who participate in tennis three hours per week (at moderately vigorous intensity) cut their risk of death in half from any cause. (Dr. Ralph Paffenbarger, Harvard University School of Public Health)
  • Exercise such as playing singles tennis briskly for 30 minutes or longer, 3 to 4 times a week, can help condition the heart and lungs. (American Health Association)
  • Tennis builds strength in upper body, legs, hips and abdomen and improves speed and overall flexibility. (Vitality Magazine)
  • Since tennis requires alertness and tactical thinking, it may generate new connections between nerves in the brain and thus promote a lifetime of continuing development of the brain. (Scientists at the University of Illinois)
  • Tennis outperforms all other sports in developing positive personality characteristics and physical fitness development. (Dr. Jim Gavin, Concordia University, author of The Exercise Habit)
  • Competitive tennis burns more calories (528 to 610 for an hour of singles) than aerobics, inline skating, or cycling, according to studies on caloric expenditures.
  • Tennis participation has tremendous physiological and psychological benefits for older individuals. (Dr. James Rippe, Rippe Lifestyle Institute)
  • Tennis players scored higher in vigor, optimism and self-esteem while scoring lower in depression, anger, confusion, anxiety and tension than other athletes or non-athletes. (Source: Dr. Joan Finn, et al., Southern Connecticut State University)