Byline: Tania Phillips
PLAYING tennis at her family property near Chinchilla in Queensland as an eight-year-old, Joan Nicoll couldn't have imagined that seven decades later she'd not only still be playing but also have a tennis centre named after her - twice.
The Joan Nicoll Tennis Centre was officially opened at Terranora on October 27, three days after Joan's 79th birthday.
It was a bittersweet moment for the woman who has been involved with Terranora tennis for 40 years - most of those as coach - and came just over two years after the original centre burned down.
"It burned down in 2017 - November 3 - we were all devastated," Joan said.
"It had only been open 12 months before it burned down.
"But we had a reasonable level of insurance and we were able to hold fundraisers and now it's all pretty much finished - we have shade sails to go in but to be able to use the clubhouse as a normal clubhouse again is great."
Not that tennis ever stopped at the Terranora club - the courts were left unharmed by the devastating fire and, with the help of the Tweed Shire Council which put up a shed so members could "make a cuppa" and...