GLTA kickstarts Wimbledon's junior development programme
Stabroek News
April 19, 2004

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A team of officials from the Guyana Lawn Tennis Association (GLTA) and eight top junior players last Saturday visited the Wimbledon Tennis Club (WTC) in New Amsterdam.

The aim of the visit was to kick-start the Wimbledon Tennis Club's junior development programme.

The visiting officials from the GLTA included vice-president Dr. Joseph Haynes, secretary Grace McCalman, junior development coach Diwani Lewis and assistant coach Dexter Lewis.

The Berbice delegation included president of the Wimbledon TC Godfrey Lowden a former top junior player, vice-president Tony Ameerally and committee members Mario Ameerally and Francis Bowling.

In his opening remarks, Lowden extended heartfelt thanks to the National Bank for Industry and Commerce for providing adequate facilities to start junior development activities and to GLTA for showing the interest in tennis development in Berbice.

He urged players to play the best tennis possible as it promotes the sport to a level which in turn will harvest sponsor interest. Remarks were also made by Dr. Haynes, Diwani Lewis and McCalman all of whom gave encouraging words to the young players whilst reminding them of the endless possibilities of international exposure and tennis scholarships if they were disciplined, played good tennis and maintained good grades.

Haynes also promised that the GLTA would help the club to get their own facilities by contacting the persons responsible for land administration in New Amsterdam.

Diwani Lewis then took the players through their paces and there were demonstrations of serves, overhead smashes and volleys. Junior exhibition matches started at about 11:00am an lasted throughout the day until 2:30pm when the seniors took over. There was also and exhibition match between Diwani Lewis and Lowden which produced tennis of the highest quality.