Dr. Raymond Forde, President of the Barbados Tennis Association for the past thirteen years was re-elected unopposed during the Annual General Meeting held on September 10th, 2012 at the Barbados Olympic Association’s headquarters. He was elected to serve as President for a further two year period.
In his address to the membership, Dr. Forde stated that in spite of the hard economic times, the Barbados Tennis Association was still seeking out new corporate sponsors to assist with the development of Tennis, especially at the junior level.
He added that the Association continued to face challenges with the high travel costs incurred in sending teams to overseas events, but hoped that parents would further assist in contributing to these expenses in order that promising juniors would not miss out on the experience of playing teams from other parts of the region.
He also thanked the Barbados Olympic Association, the National Sports Council and the International Tennis Federation (ITF) for their continuing support of the Association.
Dr Forde also alluded to the ITF’s forthcoming global launch of “Tennis Xpress” – a starter programme for adults, and stated that the Association planned to hold a “Day of Tennis” in early 2013 at various venues, for newcomers to try out the sport!
The other members of the Council for 2012/13 are:-
Vice Presidents – Ms. Sandra Osborne and Mrs. Patricia Murray
Secretary – Mrs. Eleanor Brown
Assistant Secretary – Mrs. Margot Thomson
Treasurer – Ms. Helen Roper
Councillors – Mr. Christopher Cadogan, Ms. Carole Callender, Mr. Duncan Evanson, Ms. Richele LeSaldo, and Mr. Stephen Slocombe