Women's Singles Champion, Lacey Brown, with her doubles partner and father, Steve, and 2016 President, Lars Kampe.
Scott Aikman and Bill Trueman won the Men's 55+ Doubles. Scott accepts the trophy from 2016 President Lars Kampe.
Acadia University had its own women's tennis team, and a court just outside the Ladies Seminary building
Acadia's tennis team 1930-31. Back row: M. Eaton, D. Crease, G. Phinney, C. Harlow, E. Ingraham, J. Young. Front row: R. Laurence, D. Allen, E. Barnes, L. Fraser (mgr.), M. deWitt, M. Kenna, and H. Cox
Linda Eyre and Alan Deacon were important founding members and Past Presidents who helped build and shape the WTC for many decades. Photo taken in 1987.
A gathering of long time members in 1995, including Past President Brian Boutilier and Linda Nette, back row; and Andy Nette and Past President Cornelius Kampe, front row.
A couple of our younger founding members, Lars Kampe, left, and Scott Aikman, right, showing the styles of 1985. Scott would serve as President a few years later, and Lars would serve as President almost 30 years later.
Netting was used for part of the surrounding court fences when the two original courts were built in 1977.
Tennis Nova Scotia helped the WTC gets its junior instruction programs successfuly started early in the Club's history. This group lesson in 1984.
- Club History
- 40 Years Of Leadership
- 40 Years of Photos
Wolfville Tennis History
Wolfville tennis has existed in various names, shapes and sizes since the late 1800s. It has been an important part of athletic excellence at Acadia University, a strong supporting presence for other clubs in the Annapolis Valley, and hard-working partner within the Nova Scotia tennis communities.
From the Acadia University archives, we get the first snapshots of local and regional tennis: "Tennis was popular in Wolfville with both residents and students. In the late 1800s, students at Acadia, Horton and the Ladies Seminary had the use of courts on campus. For the young ladies of the Sem, tennis played on the court just outside their building, was one of the few sports they were allowed to participate in, if only in a "lady-like" fashion. "
The archives article goes on to describe the start of tournaments in 1901, and then the start of inter-collegiate competition within a decade. New clay courts were added at what is now known as Raymond Field, then replaced with two asphalt courts at the north end of the War Memorial Gymnasium. These were later replaced by two asphalt courts near Crowell Tower Residence.
During this period, the formal club names included the popular Wolfville Lawn Tennis Club that gave way to the increasingly popular and durable hard court surfaces.
It was forty years ago that the Wolfville Tennis Club was reborn at Rotary Park in partnership with the Town of Wolfville. The two new plexi-paved courts were built in 1977, attracting an initial membership of 57 adults and 13 juniors. Cost of membership was $10 for adults and $2 for juniors.
The courts were resurfaced and a third court added in 2007.
The first president of WTC was Bill Wagstaffe, appointed by the founding board members, with Dr. Cornelius Kampe becoming the first elected president in 1978. Others to serve the club as president have included Alan Deacon, Linda Eyre, Jane Mangle, Nick Pratt, Mike Townsend, Beverly Harrison, Scott Aikman, Dr. Ilze Kampe, Nick Paul, Brian Boutilier, Diana Baldwin and Lars Kampe.
The Club has continued a strong partnership with the town, but also with the local business community and surronding tennis clubs. Trophies donated many decades ago by local businesses like Meerman's Beehive (pre-Muddy's), Herbin's Jewellers and Bearne's Drug Store are still presented each Fall at the WTC club championships.
Since its rebirth, WTC has provided instruction and encouragement to more than 500 juniors, while welcoming more than 2,500 individual adults as members at various times.
Many of our current members first joined WTC more than 20 or 30 years ago, with at least four members having been members of WTC for the entire 40-year history -- Cornelius, Ilze, and Lars Kampe, and Scott Aikman. Their volunteer spirit and leadership, year after year, has provided careful and important stewartship for a community facility.
Since its founding the Club has worked closely with the Town of Wolfville to maintain facilities and create active lifestyle opportunities for all residents of all ages. It has raised $70,000 for reinvestment with the Town in court expansion, improvements, equipment and clubhouse facilities. For a club that averages 100-130 members annually, with the lowest membership fees in the province, that capital contribution is an outstanding achievement.
Of the more than 20 towns outside Halifax that have two or more tennis courts, only half now have active clubs. Most of these clubs have adult memberships costing $75-$175 per year, compared to $35 in Wolfville. A majority of the other clubs have had new courts added or resurfaced in the past few years.
The regionalization of sports facilities in Nova Scotia, is no different for tennis. More than 71% of WTC members live in the immediate area of Wolfville, while 12% come from Port Williams area, 8% from the Canning area, and 5% from new Minas, Kentville and other areas. About 52% of membership is 55 years of age or older.
The Wolfville Tennis Club is a welcoming organization. It recognizes the importance of sharing access to a limited resource such as three courts. In the busy summer months, junior programs require approximately 40 hours of morning and afternoon court times each week, leaving 50-60 hours for public access.
Designated Club activities -- such as Men's Night, Women's Night, Mixed Night, and Tuesday-Thursday morning doubles -- require a total of 30 hours per week. That leaves 230 hours per week of full public access, including prime times in the morning, afternoon and evenings.
The annual club tournaments, provincial tournaments, inter-club visits, and junior tournaments require another 180-190 hours over a stretch of five months.
The WTC recognizes its regional responsibility to provide effective and inexpensive programs for juniors, seniors and working families. The Club understands that it must continually attract new members by welcoming and encouraging any new or uncertain faces that appear court side.
But it also recognizes the critical importance of serving its members with timely and predictable schedules of activities. The volunteer efforts of members reflect a strong belief in their tennis club, and its practical, long-standing partnerships with the Town of Wolfville and community service clubs such as Rotary.
Before there were the Rotary Park tennis courts in 1977, Wolfville tennis players used the Acadia University courts located where the Arena and Raymond Field facilities now stand. Yes, that's Ilze Kampe playing a rain-soaked singles game in 1974.
A 1982 photo of long time members, left to right, Dave Mangle, Jane Mangle, Bev Harrison, and Robbie Harrison. Jane and Bev later would both serve the Club as Presidents.
Ten years after the founding of WTC, the orange camper van of the Kampe family, continued to serve as a shelter and unofficial club house. Glen Cheney, seated, watches as Kate Baldwin and Jennie Bustin discuss options.
They came from all parts of the Valley to play social and tournament games at WTC. Terry Lane, left, and partner, Dave Fuller, from Kentville Club, frequently tested their muscles at the WTC courts.
A cartoon from an early Tennis Nova Scotia newsletter. Some things never change.
Yes, that's real Canadian tennis. No, it's not the WTC but if you use your imagination.
2016 Mixed doubles champs Ying Zhang and Yunsong Cui, receive their trophy from President Lars Kampe.
Danny Wilcox was one of our early junior players in 1983.
Long time members, left to right, Gary Bustin, Jennie Bustin, Cathy Cantwell, and David McKinnon in 1995.
This is "Jazz", the Bustin's Golden Retriever who loved to retrieve balls that had gone beyond the fence or under bushes
Past President Nick Paul sits in on another of many, many, many meetings with town officials
Ingi Kampe and Ilze Kampe in 1977 at one of their many mother-daughter competitions at the Nova Scotia Open.
Club members and town staff worked together to give the courts a badly-needed mop and scrub.
Men With Court Mops challenged the stereotypical image of the male aversion to cleaning tools, in this case Bob Hainstock and Darcy Corregan.
Dave Kerr watches the Mud Creek Tournament action, while Pam Hickman welcomes out-of-towners Laura Simpkin and Darlene Brine.
Past president Lars Kampe watches his dad, Cornelius Kampe, the WTC's first elected president 40 years ago.
Bob and Judy Hainstock in mixed doubles competition
The Acadia/Wolfville tennis courts, circa 1920, located in the area of what is now a northern portion of Arena and Raymond Field. Check out the on-court fashions and the off-court, drive-in seating arrangements.
All those having a good time, please raise their racquets
Steve Cauthers and mixed doubles partner Beth McPhee prepare for next match
Paul Steele, a Prince of tennis fan
Gord Christie and Mrs. Groucho Marx
The measure of a successful club -- volunteers
Jun Song and a textbook serve
Visiting players, Kiloren German, Truro, and Darlene Brine, Halifax, at the Mud Creek Tournament
Yunsong Cui raises trophy for 2016 men`s 55+ title
The Bustin Family, in the very early years of the Wolfville Tennis Club: mother Jennie, son John, and father Gary.
Members of the club have many social gatherings through the year. In the photos above, some of our women members gathered at Pan Hickman's home near Canning for a 2016 celebration. They included, left to right, Anne McKinnon, Judy Hainstock, Ilze Kampe, Karen Lycan, Maggie Williams, Gloria Simpson, Pam Hickman and Martha Paul.
WTC Leadership Since 1977
Since its founding in 1977, more than 1,000 individuals have at different times belonged to the Wolfville Tennis Club. Most, if not all, have helped out on club projects. However, the leadership and workload has remained the shared responsibility of less than 100 individuals during that time. The Club has attempted to record and recognize all past executives of WTC but still have a few missing names from our lists. We will continue searching for those names with your help.
Year President Vice-President Secretary Treasurer Other Executive Members
1977 Bill Wagstaff* Cornelius Kampe* George Taylor* n/a * appointed
1978 Cornelius Kampe Linda Eyre Jeremony Forester Ilze Kampe Alan Deacon, Doug Murdock
1979 Linda Eyre Eric Dumont Jeremony Forester Alan Deacon Jim Perkin, Tom Mcguinness
1980 Linda Eyre Bev Harrison Diane Dobson John Johnston B. Wagstaff, A. Deacon, D. McLean
1981 Bev Harrison Norm McGuinness Josie Mitchell John Johnston D. McLean, S. Aikman, Jana Tomek
1982 Alan Deacon Scott Aikman Jane McConnell John Johnston A. Deacon, Pauline Wright, J. Tomek
1983 Scott Aikman Jane McConnell Jane Mangle Norm Watts Jana Tomek
1984 Scott Aikman Jane Mangle Ilze Kampe Norm Watts Gerald Noel
1985 Alan Deacon Jane Mangle Jennie Bustin Norm Watts Gerald Noel
1986 Jane Mangle Nick Pratt Mike Townsend Norm Watts Jane & Bob Lutes
1987 Nick Pratt Mike Townsend Dan Wilcox Debbie Boutilier Norm Watts
1988 Mike Townsend Carolyn Gonzalves Mary Pratt Debbie Boutilier
1989 Ilze Kampe Glen Cheney Cornelius Kampe Debbie Boutilier Brian Boutilier
1990 Ilze Kampe Glen Cheney Midge Lane Debbie Boutilier Bruce Wellwood, Mike Cameron
1991 Scott Aikman Hugh Simpson Andy Nette Brian Boutilier Peter Rockwell, Mike Cameron
1991 to 1995 information required
1996 Brian Boutilier Jana Tomek Michael Lighter Linda Nette Debbie Boutilier
1997 Heather Wellwood information required
1998 Kevin Woodford Mike Cameron Janet Wyre Chris Gillis
1999 Kevin Woodford Mike Cameron Janet Wyre Chris Gillis Brian Boutilier
2000 Kevin Woodford Nick Paul Janet Wyre Chris Gillis
2001 Nick Paul Gail Kerr Janet Wyre Betty Simpson
2002 Nick Paul Gail Kerr Janet Wyre Betty Simpson
2003 Nick Paul Gail Kerr Janet Wyre Betty Simpson
2004 Nick Paul Gail kerr Janet Wyre Paul Steele
2005 Nick Paul Gail Kerr Janet Wyre Paul Steele
2006 Nick Paul Gail Kerr Janet Wyre Paul Steele Laura Simko
2007 Ilze Kampe Gail Kerr Janet Wyre Vincent Leung Wally Humphreys, Lars Kampe
2008 Ilze Kampe Gail Kerr Janet Wyre Vincent Leung Wally Humphreys, Lars Kampe
2009 Ilze Kampe Roy Grant Gloria Simpson Vincent Leung Wally Humphreys, Lars Kampe
2010 Ilze Kampe Roy Grant Gloria Simpson Vincent Leung Betsy Davison, Kate Baldwin
2011 Ilze Kampe Karen Lycan Gloria Simpson Vincent Leung Betsy Davison, RaeAnn Bekker
2012 Diana Baldwin Karen Lycan Gloria Simpson Wilson Lu Peggy Melanson
2013 Diana Baldwin Karen Lycan Gloria Simpson John Simpson Peggy Melanson
2014 Diana Baldwin Lars Kampe Judy Hainstock John Simpson Peggy Melanson, Karen Lycan
2015 Lars Kampe Bob Hainstock Randall Balcome Steve Cauthers Scott Aikman
2016 Lars Kampe Bob Hainstock Randall Balcome Steve Cauthers Scott Aikman
2017 Bob Hainstock Dave Lang Randall Balcome Jun Song S. Aikman, W. Lu, D. Baldwin, B MacPhee
2018 Bob Hainstock Dave Lang Randall Balcome Jun Song S. Aikman, W, Lu, D. Baldwin, B. MacPhee