Alison Ide OAM

Over the 47 years that Alison lived in Canberra she was honoured with Life Membership of the Turner and Reid Tennis Clubs and a Honorary Life Member of Tennis ACT. .

During this time Alison held various administrative roles ranging from Club President to Treasurer. Alison initiated the formation of the ladies midweek Pennant which is still running today.

She also contributed to the growth of Senior Tennis in the ACT and Nationally.

Tennis Seniors Australia awarded Alison Life Membership for her tireless work as an administrator and promoter of the Sport of Seniors Tennis in the ACT, Nationally and Internationally.

She was secretary of the Tennis Seniors Australia from 1998 to 2003, and was involved in the running of National Championships either as a player or administrator and was a role model of the sport with her being dubbed the “Head Mistress”.

In 2000 Alison was presented with the Australian Seniors Administrative Award of the Year, for organising and running of the 2000 Australian Seniors Championship Tasmania.

From 1984 to 2006 Alison represented Australia at the International Tennis Federation world Senior Championships seven times and continued to play and represent the ACT until 2008. In her later years Alison also took up athletics and excelled in this sport as well.

Alison was honoured in receiving the following awards and medals.

1986  Australian Senior of the Year Award presented by Australian Senior Tennis

1984 & 1991 Award the prestigious ACT Frank Thornton Award

1997  Received the Order of Australia for Services to Tennis as a player and administrator.

2000  Australian Sports Medal

Carried the Olympic Torch in the Canberra leg of the Torch relay.

Tennis Australia Senior Administrator of the Year Award

In 2007 Alison was awarded the ClubsACT Masters Sportstar of the Year for 2007 after completing a year of amazing achievements in both tennis and athletics. At the awards Alison spoke about the importance of staying active and the love of competition and friends.

Born: 19 November 1935

Deceased: 2 February 2009

Inducted: 2009


Associate Member