TRURO, N.S. — The previous president of the Truro Tennis Membership, Don Cameron, shared just lately concerning Sid MacIsaac.
“Sid is likely one of the best-known individuals in Maritime tennis,” Cameron mentioned. “Sid has excelled as a participant, coach, organizer, volunteer, and extra just lately as a tennis official. He has been one of many top-class A/4.0 gamers within the province for greater than three many years. Sid is beloved by everybody who is aware of him.”
Following Cameron’s synopsis, an interview was organized on the Truro house of Sid and Eva MacIsaac. First off – a clarification on my half – was this man (Sid MacIsaac) at one time a hockey participant?
Sure, he was, after having fun with success taking part in purpose in Pictou County, MacIsaac spent 15 years as a goaltender with Truro Flames.
Because the dialog moved to tennis, MacIsaac’s officiating and journey got here into focus.
“In early August of 2022, I used to be chair assistant on the Nationwide Financial institution MBO Open in Toronto,” MacIsaac, 60, mentioned. “It was cool being there with Serena Williams for her final Canadian match. The power degree was fairly excessive.”
Subsequent cease was Vancouver.
“That was my third senior nationwide occasion as a roving umpire. I did ‘chair umpiring’ in Vancouver as properly. I used to be there for seven days; I simply love doing senior nationals. I’ve now accomplished senior nationals in Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver.”
The fourth week in August, a busy MacIsaac officiated on the Waeg (Waegwoltic) in Halifax.
“I used to be the roving umpire,” MacIsaac recalled. “Later for the championship males’s remaining, I chaired the occasion. I all the time get pleasure from officiating, particularly throughout a Nova Scotia Open Tennis Championship. I’ve been doing this since getting my roving umpire’s certificates 9 years in the past.”
MacIsaac traveled out of province once more final November, when he was a roving umpire, and he chaired the ladies’s finals in the course of the Birmingham Nationwide Wheelchair Championships in Montreal.
“It was nerve-racking,” MacIsaac mentioned. “I’d by no means accomplished a nationwide wheelchair occasion earlier than. It was principally an open, they’d 32 athletes competing. This occasion will happen in Nova Scotia in 2023.”
Sid and his spouse Eva grew up in Pictou.
“I used to be round 14 after I was launched to tennis,” Sid mentioned. “We’d play off the wall of the fireplace station as a result of there have been no tennis courts in Pictou.”
The tennis courts arrived later, and Sid’s sport continued to develop. Advancing to play within the grownup class at a younger age, he would later get pleasure from success in a lot of provincial courses as an open participant. Highlights included profitable provincial Class B (3.0) tournaments and Class A (4.0) tournaments. The early Nineteen Nineties noticed Sid end sixteenth within the province.
The MacIsaacs moved to Truro in 1988. Sid is in his thirty third yr with Sobey’s, he’s a receiving co-ordinator figuring out of Debert.
“Eva and I joined the Truro Tennis Membership after we first arrived in Truro,” Sid mentioned. “Jack Piers was an awesome affect, my goodness, we met a variety of good individuals by means of tennis. I’ve to be so completely happy; tennis has stored me match, I’m doing one thing I really like, and it’s actually an enjoyment to see different individuals having enjoyable with this sport.”
We mirrored on the yr Sid and Jack Piers gained the Truro Doubles Membership Championship. And, alongside the best way, Eva gained a Class A (4.0) ladies’s singles championship.
When Sid was requested about his personal future and about the way forward for tennis in Truro, he responded.
“I stay up for serving to run native tournaments and I wish to assist with the success of the Cougar Dome. I really feel that Truro could be very lucky in having the excellent teaching that’s accessible to younger gamers. The long run for tennis appears to be like good.”
Answering an extra query – Sid suggested that a part of protecting energetic in the course of the winter months consists of him and Eva taking part in six hours of doubles every week on the Cougar Dome. As properly, Sid performs in indoor tennis tournaments in each Truro and Halifax.
This column reached out to Shelley Flemming, the president of the Truro Tennis Membership and a long-time supporter of native tennis.
“On the Truro Tennis Membership, Sid MacIsaac is our ‘go-to man’ for tennis tournaments,” Shelley mentioned. “Sid has been our important event director for years. When on the final minute, gamers cancel, you may nonetheless give Sid an inventory and he’ll make it occur, the event shall be successful. All the time calm and by no means frizzed, he’s our Sid The Child.”
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