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Tennis club scores ace new coach and mural

THE Glenorchy City Tennis Club has an ace new coach and a sweet new mural, and is on the lookout for new members.

Sahil Sahil arrived in Glenorchy at the start of this year to take up the role of the Berriedale-based club’s new head coach.

But that’s not the only reason he made the move south from Sydney, where he ran his successful Inspire Tennis Academy and coached for Tennis NSW.

“I wanted to start my family here,” Sahil said.

“I’d travelled here three times before and Tasmania felt like home, so I thought Iíd come down and help the community in Tasmania to get better at tennis.

“I want to get some juniors playing tournaments representing the Glenorchy City Tennis Club, playing events interstate, and eventually produce a champion from Tasmania who can win the Australian Open.”

Home to six synthetic grass courts, Glenorchy City is a family-friendly club that offers coaching, social and competition tennis to people of all ages and abilities.

The club regularly welcomes players from the Nepalese and other migrant communities.

“Some of them can’t speak the same language, but they communicate through tennis,” Sahil said.

“It’s a good way for them to come out and get more involved in the community.”

The club’s focus on diversity and multiculturalism is celebrated in a stunning new mural, painted on a practice hitting wall by renowned local artist Jamin.

The mural features the Tasmanian wattlebird and waratah flower, surrounded by the Sudanese secretary bird and hibiscus and Nepalese monal bird and rhododendron.

“Many birds are migratory in nature, and the flowers of many countries find their way into local gardens,” Jamin said.

“My own mother migrated to Australia from India before I was born, so it is a notion that is close to my heart.”

Produced with support from Glenorchy City Council and Elise Archer MP, the mural was officially unveiled at a recent event attended by a number of guests including new club life member John Fletcher, staff from Tennis Tasmania, and representatives from the Migrant Resource Centre.

“The mural represents different cultures, in the form of birds and flowers native to Sudan, Nepal and Tasmania,” Sahil said.

“The artist tried to send a message out to different communities and cultures to come and play tennis.”

New members and visitors are always welcome at Glenorchy City, and courts can be hired by the public for an hourly fee.

If you’re interested in having a go at tennis, visit https://play.tennis.com.au/glenorchycitytennisclub or phone Sahil on 0466098984.