To 92 year old Norma Stead, it doesn’t seem like 25 years since her beloved Kiama Tennis Club moved to its new home in Noorinan St, to the reserve named to acknowledge her family’s involvement with the Club.
For sixty years before that the tennis courts were located in Hindmarsh Park, where the stage now stands.
“I lived with my husband Ray in the house that is now the Guides Hall from 1953,” she says. Ray was the caretaker of the courts, and Norma was involved with coaching and fundraising.
“Tennis has been my life,” she says with a laugh.
When the Club moved, so did she to continue a caretaking role she had taken over when Ray died in 1978, as the Council resumed her house in the Park.
She can’t say exactly when she played her last game of tennis, but thinks it must have been 10 or 15 years ago.
Kiama Tennis’ matriarch has only recently stepped down as Treasurer, a role she held for 50 years.