Ollie nets 'youngsters' with fitness



A FAMILY Christmas for Rockhampton's Ollie Smith would not be complete without some tennis racquets handy.

Heat will not stop this tennis fanatic hitting Rockhampton's SunCity courts during the week with his son Kevin Smith of Wynnum and grandson Josh Hawley of Mudgeeraba and formerly of Emu Park where he first started playing tennis through his grandfather's involvement.

Kevin and Josh still enjoy the odd competitive and social hit of tennis ? a passion that all stems from Ollie's involvement in the sport.

Joining other tennis enthusiasts during the week, the trio starting hitting at 8am with Ollie promptly calling for an 11am finish ? a time which caught the attention of his younger player partners, obviously looking for an earlier finish time.

Ollie, 70, is not only a familiar face in Rockhampton tennis circles but also across Australia and in the world thanks to his successful involvement with veterans tennis.

He first started tennis in primary school, took a break to play football and returned to tennis in his late 30s, when he was "too old for football''.

"It keeps me going,'' said Ollie, who can play tennis up to four times a week.

Kevin also agrees with his dad's words.

"It's (tennis) good maintenance and a good run around,'' Kevin said.

Kevin said most family holidays involved throwing in the tennis racquets.



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