NZ recognition for Coast tennis stalwart

Picture: Viv Logie

The sterling service of West Coast tennis stalwart, Shirley Brown, was recognised at a national level when she was recently voted New Zealand Tennis 2013 Senior of the Year.
It is not the first time Mrs Brown has come to national prominence. In 2000, Tennis NZ also presented her with a special administration award.
Locally, she was made a life member and patroness of the West Coast Veterans Association in 1996 and is also a life member of the West Coast Tennis Association and Grey United Club in 1982.
Last year she also won the West Coast Tennis Senior Cup for manners, personality, dress and general behaviour.
Mrs Brown has been the backbone of senior-veterans tennis on the West Coast for many years and has given a tremendous amount of her time to the sport, running the annual West Coast Whitebait Tournament since its inception over 35 years ago.
She has also been involved as a player and administrator for the Greymouth United Tennis Club for longer than that.
She has organised the twilight tennis weekly business house competition spanning over 18 years, helping to raise $40,000, which was donated to the Grey United Tennis Club for projects such as new lights.
As a player, her talents took her to the top of the West Coast tennis scene, bringing her 18 senior open titles from 1952 to 1970, five women’s single, seven women’s doubles and six mixed doubles titles.
Mrs Brown also won various Buller titles.