About the VTA

The Vancouver Tennis Association (VTA) is a non-profit tennis organization which fosters and promotes goodwill, fellowship, and healthy competition among tennis players in the LGBTQ+ community since 1991. With about 150 active members, the VTA is one of the oldest and most popular LGBTQ+ sporting organizations in Vancouver.

Check out our 25 anniversary video here

 

Our Mission Statement

Our mission is to promote and support tennis as a positive activity for all regardless of gender or sexual orientation.

 

Our Statement of Goals

  • To provide competitive and social tennis outlets
  • To foster camaraderie and sportsmanship within the VTA
  • To create awareness of the VTA in the LGBTQ+ community

 

Our Statement of Values

  • Fun – We enjoy the tennis, camaraderie, and time we share as friends and competitors.
  • Inclusiveness – We actively seek to bring all who play, support, and/or enjoy the game of tennis into our events, membership, and leadership on a non-discriminatory basis.
  • Respect – We foster an environment that encourages and supports differing points of view, backgrounds, and experiences.
  • Sportsmanship – We place a premium on mutual respect amongst competitors, and fairness in competition.
  • Teamwork – We believe that our mission can be best achieved through the efforts of its volunteers and members working as a team.

 

Our History

In the afterglow of Celebration ’90, Gay Games III hosted in Vancouver, tennis enthusiasts organized a gay and lesbian group. The Stanley Park courts afforded a friendly environment for novices and advanced players alike to hit the ball recreationally from spring onwards and competitively in club championships held every fall since 1991.

Each season membership grew and weeknight play was moved to Langara campus and subsequently expanded to include Stanley Park as well. In 1993 the club affiliated with the international Gay and Lesbian Tennis Alliance (GLTA). VTA members, compete regularly in GLTA’s many tournaments held around the world, as well as in the Gay Games and OutGames.

In 1996, the Vancouver Tennis Association inaugurated the annual North West Cup (NWC) team competition with the Seattle Tennis Alliance and Team Portland Tennis Association. Featuring some of the best tennis players from each club, the NWC is rotates each year amongst the three cities.

In 2000, we inaugurated the Vancouver International Pride (VIP), a GLTA-sanctioned tournament of our own. It annually attracts players from all over the world.

However, it is the camaraderie and fun times that attract the majority of the VTA members. Every effort is made to make all feel welcome. Events both athletic and social dot the season. Donations by the club to local charities now total in the thousands of dollars. This strong people positive attitude to our diverse community propels the Vancouver Tennis Association into its third decade.

 

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