Chrismar Tennis Club
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Thanks to the hard work and perseverance of Mr Piet van Vuuren Chrismar tennis club was opened on 22 July, 1965.
Apart from five courts built by the then Bellville Municipality there were no other facilities. A galvanised shanty served as a kitchen and toilet facilities were primitive. But residents gave the club their full support and three men's (2nd, 4th and 5th league) and two ladies' (3rd and 5th leagues) league's were fielded.
The club made a good start by winning the mens 5th division in 1966 and during the same year Mr Killas Bothma designed the present clubhouse. Mr Dirk Romyn built it.
The members also did their share of finishing touches and in this respect the name of Mr Frans Dekker must be mentioned. He installed the electricity and also the floodlights on courts two and three.
The players were keen, practised regularly and reaped the rewards, winning four trophies. The successful teams were the ladies 1st and 2nd as well the 2nd and 3rd mixed sides.
More successes followed in 1969 when the senior mens team won the 3rd division and the 3rd and 4th mixed teams were also presented with cups.
The club reached its peak in 1970 by winning six trophies. The 2nd, 4th and 6th men's, and the 2nd, 4th and 5th mixed sides met with success.
Throughout this period Piet van Vuuren was the chairman.
In the same year the first mixed team lost the promotion/relegation decider and in spite of finishing on top on many occasions they were never able to reach first league status. In 1975 the men's side did the same because many of the top players moved to greener pastures.
The likeable, bespectacled Gerald Smith became chairman of Chrismar Tennis Club in 1975 and served for eight seasons.
The club then appeared to crumble somewhat. Its history during the period 1982-1992 is vague.
Chrismar then experienced financial troubles because of the remarkable loss of membership. In spite of the problems Nannie de Villiers sparkled by winning the women's singles title in 1996.
The doors of the Chrismar Tennis Club closed on January 24, 1997 because it had no members.
The Bellville Sports Federation intervened and appointed Theo Galloway to revive the club. Messrs Vonnie Mostert and Jan van Dyk were appointed coaches and the three of them recruited many members, but over some years activity at the club once again faded.
In 2007 the Claasen family headed by chairman Conrad Claasen took over the club and revived it somewhat, but it still didn't reach the glory of it's prime years regarding social and league participation. LTD Tennis coaching school was also founded and established at Chrismar tennis club in 2007 by Conrad, which served as a stimulus for membership and activity at the club.
In 2013 Rian Vlok took over as chairman when the Claasen Family moved to Perth, Australia at the start of 2013, and he did a lot to strengthen the club's finances to enable further growth. At the start of 2013 LTD Tennis school was also purchased from Conrad Claasen by Francois Hoon after he'd joined LTD Tennis as a coach in 2011.
Francois Hoon became chairman of the club in 2015 and the club has since established solid social participation again and a club ranking system and hopes to further increase membership and social participation to once more enter league teams from Chrismar tennis club in the future.
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