First Annual Arthur Sombrowski Tennis Tournament
The first annual Arthur Sombrowski Tennis Tournament was held in Fernie on a glorious weekend of July 15-16.
Hosted by Fernie Sports Co., Just Rosie Bookkeeping and The Fernie Academy, 64 players took court in competitive, recreational and generational divisions. The support of the community was tremendous. Several sponsors donated incredible prizes for first and second place in each category, grab table gifts for each competitor and an unbelievable silent auction. Special prizes were awarded to significant volunteers and outstanding players. A BBQ, drinks tent and lovely concession were aptly hosted by smiling volunteers. Money was raised for causes important to Arthur and his family, donations were made to BC Transplant, Liver.ca and a ball machine will be gifted to Fernie Sports Co in his name.
Organ donation awareness and good sportsmanship were key factors driving the tournament. Despite being a fierce competitor himself, Arthur was known for his gentlemanly demeanor and integrity. He fell ill whilst in Maui in March and tragically passed in April as no liver was offered to him in time to save his life. Despite this, he was able to gift eight recipients donations from his own body. His family strongly encourages organ donation, it is simple to become a donor and this action could help save others. Take the time now to visit bctransplant.ca to register. All you need is your healthcare number to give the gift of life to someone in need. Thank you to those who attended the tennis and registered for organ donation on-site!
We wish to deeply thank our sponsors, a complete list is on the Fernie Sports Co website, and our tireless volunteers. Without each of you, this memorial event could not have been such a success. Jolly Well Done!!
Plan your Wimbledon outfit now and start training for this annual event to be held in early July each year.
“...it is simple to become a donor and this action could help save others. Take the time now to visit bctransplant.ca to register. All you need is your healthcare number to give the gift of life to someone in need.”
Photo by Emily Park Photography