St John’s teacher recognised as a ‘superstar’ by Qld Tennis
St John's teacher Meg Lyons has been labelled a "superstar" by pro tennis player John Millman after her ongoing contribution to tennis in the southwest and will receive a racquet signed by Maria Sharapova.
To the Roma teacher's surprise, she was told by the office ladies that she would have a meeting at 3pm after school last term, however the Australian professional player, who reached world ranking number 33 popped up on the teleconference, somebody who Ms Lyons has "fan girled" for a while.
In Tennis Queensland's 12 Days of Christmas, Mr Millman said the teacher had done an unbelievable job getting kids in Roma embracing the sport.
"That's why we're here, trying to call the tennis community and the people who are driving the sport all over Queensland," Mr Millman said.
"Thank you so much for everything you do."
Ms Lyons has been passionately involved in the school side of tennis for many years.
"I have been the convener of both Roma and District and South West under 12 and under 19 trials and I have also managed the under 12 and under 19 South West teams, taking them away to Queensland School Championships," Ms Lyons said.
"I have also for the past three years taken the St John's Red, Orange and Green ball teams away to the Tennis Queensland Primary Schools cup in Brisbane."
The energetic lover of sport started playing tennis when she was 5-years-old and was coached by Mark Handley who helped her find her love of the sport,
"My mum, dad and two brothers also played and I had lessons and played fixtures until I was about 12," she said.
"I don't play anymore but I love teaching the sport and having a hit after school with some of the other staff members at St John's."
She said she found it fulfilling to provide the same opportunities to kids in Roma and pass on that love of tennis she discovered as a young girl on the Sunshine Coast.
She made special mention to Dean Stansell of Tennis Maranoa who she believes has done an incredible job increasing participant numbers and developing tennis in Roma and surrounding areas.
"The Roma tennis club is fantastic," she said.
"They have juniors playing red, orange and green ball right up to the veterans playing during the week.
"I think tennis has made an excellent come back in the Maranoa and there are plenty of opportunities for all ages,
"Country kids are more likely to have a go at every sport and there are great programs for all ages."