Dads smash world record

2018-11-20 06:01
Gysbert Pienaar, Johan Radcliffe, Stefano Lindsay and Dean Ollis.

Gysbert Pienaar, Johan Radcliffe, Stefano Lindsay and Dean Ollis.

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Four dads who took to the tennis court to raise funds by attempting to smash the Guinness World Record for longest doubles, have succeeded.

Johan Radcliffe, Gysbert Pienaar, Stefano Lindsay and Dean Ollis played their match from a rainy Saturday 31 March until Monday 2 April at Kommetjie Primary School. Their aim was to raise enough money to get the school a second tennis court. Their journey to the attempt was first published in People’ Post (“Double duty dads”) on 20 February.

Their final time was 59 hours, 11 minutes and 43 seconds, snatching the record from four men in the Netherlands who had set the record at 57 hours, 32 minutes and 27 seconds.

Radcliffe says they are happy about their achievement. “Well, it was great. What was even greater was the community came together. Everyone was involved and people got to know each other. We decided to do this because the school needs a new tennis court. We managed to fix the one tennis court and it looks new. So we have some money left which we need to top up and get the other tennis court,” he says.

Lindsay says when they were playing on the school’s tennis court they noticed the court was old and not good for playing. “Then we thought we should do something to help the school. Johan came with the idea of playing tennis to set a new world record. We all thought that was crazy. We asked how many hours was the current record, he said 57 hours. We were like no, that is crazy, we can’t do that,” he says.

Lindsay says he remembers telling his wife about the idea and his wife said “no way”. “She said to me, ‘you can’t even sit to watch a movie with me, how are you going to stay awake playing tennis?’

“We thought the idea was going to go away but people never gave up. We put so much work in and our wives got involved – it was really nice. The community came together. We had children becoming ball boys and girls throughout the match. It was fun.

“It is a great achievement, but what was more rewarding was to see the community come together and do something for the school. Though we didn’t get enough money to build the second court we had enough to renovate the old one. We were left with some money and we are still thinking of some ways we can raise more money to build the second court, then eventually start the Kommetjie Tennis Club,” says Lindsay.

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