Batemans Bay can boast a new Australian representative this month after Doug Skipper was selected for the Young Seniors World Tennis Championships team.
Skipper will travel to Miami, Florida, USA in October for the annual event, and will compete in the 40s men's division.
The selection comes off the back of his win at the 40's men singles at the NSW Championships last October, where he beat the ninth-ranked player in the world in the final.
He followed that up in January with a second-placed finish at the Australian Championships, where he lost the final to the sixth-ranked player in the world.
He's been part of the Batemans Bay Tennis Club for a number of years, and is usually quietly spoken and modest about his talent. He has been training with club coach Brad Baranowski.
Skipper moved to Batemans Bay with his wife Tara from a rural community near Lismore to be closer to family. He has worked in the community sector for 15 years, and currently runs a mental-health private practice in Batemans Bay, Insight Psychology and Wellbeing, with his wife.
It is remarkable that we have someone of his talent living in Batemans Bay and representing Australia. This will be Doug's first time playing for his country, and he is looking forward to the experience.
The Batemans Bay Tennis Club is helping with some of the costs of competing, and has donated $1000 to assist Skipper.
If any other organisation or individual would like to help with his costs of competing please contact the Batemans Bay Tennis Club on 0481 398 039 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.