Organisers say 'we will be back' after being forced to postpone 'Bounce Back' weekend

Joseph Bulmer

A special weekend of sport to see the Bay bounce back from the pandemic has been postponed.

Hosts Torquay Tennis Club took the decision due to the rising number of Covid cases in the resort. They say the decision was made with 'heavy hearts'.

Secretary Kirstin Neilson-Hunter said: "A great deal of work went into the planning of this sporting weekend. The enthusiasm has been amazing.

"Torbay Council and Sport Torbay have fully endorsed this sporting weekend, with great encouragement, support, sponsorship and advice.

"However, It is with the utmost sadness, regret and with a truly heavy heart that chairman Andy Pelling and I have had to make this the most difficult decision, that the ‘Bouncing Back’ Weekend has to be postponed.

"We have spent the last couple of days in serious discussions with local authorities, Public Health, Sport Torbay and now feel that we have no alternative.

"We have become aware of some of the participating clubs who have had to self isolate or are being treated for Covid 19 issues. Public health are advising everyone to discourage large gatherings. We have a ‘duty of care’ to everyone who visits our club’s premises."

"We have a number of participants who are suffering from Covid 19. Only today, we were informed of more tennis members with isolating issues."

Jim Parker, Chairman of Sport Torbay, said: "It is a huge shame for all the coaches, clubs and organisations involved and the incredibly hard work that has gone into the making of this event but the tennis club has made the right decision. There is never a time when an organisation should put anyone at risk. This is a postponement, not a cancellation.
We will make this happen, when the time is right”.

The decision has been greeted with total sympathy by Torbay Council who were sponsoring the mini sports summit and Sport Torbay.

The Bouncing Back to Sport' event was being opened on Saturday July 24 by the Civic Mayor and his Consort with other dignitaries attending and even the Torbay Brass Band providing a real sense of occasion to the proceedings.

Between 20 and 30 local sports clubs had signed up to demonstrate and promote their sports in a weekend aimed at recognising the importance of Health, Fitness, Wellness & Well-Being.