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   Spring 2017 Newsletter

Spring Doubles League

Gear up for the 13th Season of the Spring South Island Tennis League!

It’s time to start organizing your doubles league team. Entries are open now and will close Mar. 17. We play men’s and women’s doubles on public courts in the Greater Victoria area every Tuesday at 6:00 pm from Apr 18 to Jun 27.

Changes for 2017 include a possible new Men’s Division (4.5+) and the introduction of ‘Home Zones’ instead of ‘Home Courts’, where home matches are assigned to a different court inside your zone each week. All teams will have equal opportunity to play at the most popular courts and we'll be able to organize more nights where multiple teams from your division are playing at the same park.

Once again this year, Miele and Tennis BC will sponsor province-wide league playoffs in the summer for some divisions.

To see all stats and rosters from 2016, go to and select STATS from the top menu bar.

For more information and to download your entry form, go to

SITA Website updated

South Island Tennis Association’s website has been updated and relaunched. The new format allows for easier editing and posting of current local tennis information, including video. Please have a look at Expect to see more photos from tournaments and local events on the site in the future.

We're also resurrecting our Facebook page - visit and like us to get local tennis news inserted into your feed.

New Mixed Doubles League

A new SITA mixed doubles league will start up on Thursday afternoons from August 17 to October 5, likely 2pm to 4pm. 

Each team will have two mixed doubles pairings, each playing a set plus for a maximum of one hour, then switching pairings to play another hour with the other team.   Victoria area tennis clubs are invited to become league members; with maximum two teams per club (one of 4 - 4.5 players; another of 3.5 players).  There would be two separate divisions in the league.  Alternate players/substitutions are expected and encouraged for each team.  

The cost is $60 per team; home team is also expected to provide the balls and nibblies (and non-alcoholic drinks).   Interested clubs should contact Keith Porter at

Society for Kids at Tennis (KATS)

Kids tennis charity in Victoria, BC is growing at a phenomenal and unexpected rate. In less than 3 years, they have introduced more than 5,000 disadvantaged kids to the game.

Three years ago, Dr. Sy Silverberg, a retired physician, was looking for ways to “give back.”

An avid tennis player, he believed there had to be many kids who could derive the physical, social and emotional benefits the game had to offer, if only they could afford equipment and lessons.

KATS – “The Society For Kids At Tennis” was born.

He assembled a small group of like-minded players and they planned on working with 30 to 50 kids each summer. Were they in for a surprise. Last month, in less than 3 years, they surpassed the 5,000 participant mark.

“We now cover most of ‘Greater Victoria’ and partner with 41 social agencies and schools. In addition to the financially disadvantaged, we are working with kids with cognitive and/or physical disabilities such as Autism and Down Syndrome. Obviously there was a need in the community that had not been addressed”, says Silverberg.

“This idea could not have grown at the phenomenal rate it has without the dedication of our volunteers, who now number 54. Also, the generosity of our financial supporters has been remarkable.”

Supporters include: Canadian Tire Jumpstart, The Victoria Foundation, BC Community Gaming, CFAX Santas Anonymous Fund, The Royal Bank, The National Bank, Telus, Coast Capital, Tennis Canada, ParticipACTION, CKNW Orphans Fund, TLC Fund for Kids, Victoria Real Estate Board, Peninsula Co-op and South Island Tennis Association.

Silverberg says, "Our heart-felt thanks to all! We look forward to doubling our enrollment and reaching the 10,000 mark!"


An Opportunity to Teach Kids Tennis and Supplement Your Income

KATS – The Society for Kids at Tennis needs a part-time instructor.

Are you retired? At least a 3.0 level player? Love to work with kids? Have a car?

KATS is prepared to help with the cost of your Tennis Canada Instructor Course.

Provide supervision for the first classes you teach.

Pay you for the hours you teach.

Call Sy at 250-412-1406

Peninsula Tennis Club - Practice & Play

Practice & Play catching on with Club Members.

After a very successful fall Practice & Play session with our Panorama Recreation Tennis pro Eric Knoester, Peninsula Tennis Club are pleased to be able to offer another opportunity to its members. The sessions include one hour of doubles play instruction followed by another hour for practice matches. It takes place on select Saturdays from 3:00 to 5:00 pm followed by an early dinner at one of our local restaurants. Sixteen players take part using 4 courts at a cost of $10.00. per player.

"Preregistration is required and the program is so popular there is now a waiting list for the next session", said club Social Director Sandy Galloway.

For further information please contact Warren Franklin, Peninsula Tennis Club, (250) 920-9432 or

Tennis Court Preservation Report

After many meetings, presentations and team work Alan Osborne, Peninsula Tennis Club President, was pleased to announce that "North Saanich Council recently approved four dedicated Pickle Ball courts to be built at Wain Park at a cost $120,000. They have money in reserves so it isn't contingent on future budget discussions."

Osborne also added, "In addition we were able to convince them to locate the courts far away from the tennis courts, in the NE part of the park."

Sydney Counsel are also still evaluating a dedicated four court Pickle Ball facility in Talista of Lochside Drive on the water front side which is a beautiful location with views of the Olympic Mountains to the South and the Gulf Islands and Mt Baker to the East. More on this later as the situation unfolds.

"This is good news and a win win scenario for both the tennis and the Pickle Ball communities. We have been working very hard over the past few years to promote dedicated facilities for Pickle Ball", Osborne concluded.


Saanich Parks is planning upgrades to McMinn park. The existing two courts have shared pickleball lines. Parks staff would like to build dedicated pickleball courts in the park; if tennis players fill out the survey and indicate a preference for separate facilities it will provide more weight to that option.

UVIC Tennis team wins Invitational Tournament in Victoria

On the weekend of January 27 and 28, the annual UVIC Invitational tournament was played at Oak Bay and Cedar Hill Rec Centres. A team from SFU, multiple teams from the University of Washington, Portland State and Oregon State and two teams from UVIC participated in a 'World Team Tennis' format which includes mens and ladies singles and doubles and mixed doubles.  

Congratulations to the UVIC team of Christ Freitag (mixed), Shalin Gehlot (singles and mens doubles), Christopher Chan (singles and mens doubles), Mariko Takimura (mixed and ladies doubes) and Tiara Hobbs (singles and ladies doubles)!  They won the tournament in a very close final match against the top University of Washington team 3 matches to 2. UVIC also fielded a second team made up of Stephen Penner, Zach Scaife, Peng Tang, Joe Leong and Sarah Cole. The format is specifically designed to combine competitive play with a friendly atmosphere to ensure all our guests have an active and fun weekend. 

Earlier in January, the UVIC men's team played in the BC regionals against two strong teams from UBC and SFU. The team of Chris Freitag, Shalin Gehlot, Christopher Chan, Zach Scaife, Stephen Penner, Peng Tang and Joe Leong went to the UBC Thunderbird Centre on the weekend of January 21 and 22. Unfortunately, this year the ladies team had to withdraw due to a rash of injuries and sickness just before the tournament. The SFU Men's team won the event and will compete in the Western Regional Finals against University of Alberta on March 4 and 5 at the UBC Tennis Centre.


If you would like to become more involved with SITA, consider contacting a member of the board of directors to discuss volunteering to help with a SITA program or service that interests you, including possibly something new.

We send out our newsletter approximately four times per year, and solicit items from our club and facility member contacts to include. If you have an item you would like to have included in the next newsletter please contact a member of the board of directors.

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