SPORTING . . . Kalynda Chase Tennis Centre’s new managers Brad and Candice Harbottle and, above right, the centre
TOWNSVILLE’S newest tennis centre at Kalynda Chase is on track to open next month with the new managers Brad and
Candice Harbottle to take over within weeks. The couple have many years experience managing tennis centres and have recently been at the helm of a major tennis centre at the Sunshine Coast.
Brad, 57, is a tennis coach and wife Candice, 58, will be a friendly face at the Kalynda Tennis Centre’s front reception, where she will also be responsible for membership and special events. ‘‘I have been coaching 30 hours a week here
and our sons are both grown up and at uni, so we were looking for a new challenge and the tennis centre in Townsville came up,’’ Mr Harbottle said. ‘‘We see it as an exciting opportunity to start this new centre from the ground up and we hope to make it a success.’’
Mr Harbottle said residents could look forward to night tennis competitions, coaching for both adults and children and plenty of fun at the clubhouse. The completion of the $3.68 million Townsville Regional Tennis Centre has been turning the heads of more than a few tennis mad residents.
Urbex sales manager Vi Miller, said the Lancini Group and Urbex Pty Ltd were pleased with the appointment of Brad and Candice through Lifetime Tennis Management Group. ‘‘The tennis centre will champion the benefits of a healthy balanced lifestyle offered at Kalynda Chase and will become a major part of the established community,’’ Ms Miller said. She said work on the 10 state-of-the-art courts and the clubhouse was wrapping up, with the centre tipped to officially open on February 25, depending on weather conditions. ‘‘Obviously we are very happy to have Brad and Candice as part of the Kalynda Chase community,’’ Ms Miller said. ‘‘We have had many residents and visitors to Kalynda Chase impressed by the complex and are excited about it nearing completion and its official opening.’’
Ms Miller said while court and clubhouse construction was complete, the car park could not be finished until there was a break in wet weather. She said the car park was to take four weeks from the time work starts before the entire centre is completed.
‘‘There couldn’t be a better location to encourage health and well being than within a development offering myriad of recreational opportunities such as this,’’ she said. ‘‘With over half the homesites sold and many facilities such as the convenience centre, community open space and tennis centre delivered, a big part of Kalynda Chase’s appeal is that there is a real sense of community, it is safe, and offers a quality of life that is hard to find.’’