The NWTC was founded in 1890. Hence, it has a long, rich history. The success of the club can be directly attributed to the efforts of some of the members over the years. One family, the Websters, has contributed significantly to the club and tennis programs for many years. Alan and Edith Webster were members of both the New Westminster Tennis Club and the White Rock Tennis Club. Our clubs are successful today because of the work done by families like the Websters.
Alan Webster joined the New Westminster Lawn Tennis Club in 1937 and served as president for five years and secretary from 1963–78. Alan was the instigator of the New Westminster Open Tournament (more recently called the Hyack Tournament) and served on the tournament committee until 1978. He also formed the Beach League in 1969 and was responsible for the organization of it until 1994 –that's 25 years! Alan was a representative to the British Columbia Tennis Association and served in various capacities. He supported social tennis and promoted NWTC as a social club through his many endeavors. Alan was awarded NWTC honorary membership in 1960.
Edith Webster jointed the NWLTC in 1934. She was an enthusiastic player and won many events, including the doubles four times and the singles event in l962. She was integral in promoting programs for children and gave tirelessly of her time in coaching and organizing the early junior program. Mrs. Webster’s contributions were divided between NWTC and The White Rock Tennis Club. She is honored every year by the interclub event, The Edith Webster Memorial Tournament. This event was started in 1994, following Edith’s passing. It has been a time honored event between the two clubs with the focus on fun and sportsmanship.
Alan and Edith had two children who have been life long tennis players and supporters; Bruce and Barbara Webster. They attend and participate in the Edith Webster Memorial Tournament each year and help sustain the memory of their parents’ outstanding achievements.
Please enjoy the following photo display of the Webster family.