One of Pershore’s finest recently celebrated his 90th birthday on court at Pershore Tennis Centre. Derek Humberstone, one of Pershore Tennis Centre’s finest and longest serving members, was presented with a cake and card at the local club’s weekly Saturday Tennis social at the weekend
As Derek celebrated over 70 year of playing tennis, his wife – Audrey – commented:
“Derek has enjoyed and is still enjoying his regular tennis and is always eager to play. Since then he has been diagnosed with Alzheimers and can’t drive, he does appreciate the kindness of fellow members of Pershore Tennis Centre in transporting him back and forth. What are you going to do for his 100th?! ‘
Derek started playing at a local club in Finchley, North London and in his early 20’s he soon became captain of the club. In 1974 he moved to Gloucestershire where he played at his employers Central Electricity Board where he was made Captain again!
In 1988, when Derek retired, he and his wife moved to Little Comberton when Derek first played at Evesham Rowing Club and later at Pershore Sports Club which was at the ‘Bottoms’. When the present Pershore Tennis Centre opened on the College’s site, he joined at once and the rest as they say is history!
According to Pershore’s head coach Steve Bauer, Derek continues to demonstrate ‘remarkable accuracy, poise, finesse and competitive savvy on the court. When asked what is the secret to this? Derek’s reply was:
“A good marriage, talent, a bit of luck and hard work! I’ve always played to win, doesn’t everybody?”
We are all blessed to have such a fine gentleman in Derek Humbertsone to inspire us to continue playing tennis for many years to come! ‘
If you are interested in playing tennis locally then please pop along to the award-winning Club – ‘Highly Commended’ Club of the Year and Coach of the Year and Disability Program of the Year – or give the team a call on 01386 556677. The Club offers membership and class options for all, including individual and family trial memberships from £20; so you can try before you buy! Why not join them and join in?