Delta kids can’t emulate their idols due to absence of covered tennis courts

Editor:

What an inspiration the recent successes of our Canadian tennis stars (Bianca Andreescu and Felix Auger-Aliassime) are to our young people in Delta. Tennis is a life sport with no worries of concussions, is gender equal and can be played into one’s senior years.

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Because of this I believe many of our young people will be anxious to learn the game. But there is a problem: our municipal council seems to think our youth would be better served by a casino.

Yes, when Delta council sought to woo a casino licence to the former Delta Town & Country Inn location, that decision demolished the only covered tennis courts in all of Delta. In fact, Delta is the only community in the Lower Mainland that does not have a covered facility.

Thanks to council and a park staff that valued casino revenue over exercise, our youth that want to play the game when the rains come may end up watching videos instead. 

My wish is that council show some leadership in providing a racquets facility that can be used year round for the young and old.  

Ric Slaco

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