KIAMA Tennis Club president Bob Morgan believes a donation from Kiama MP Gareth Ward towards the cost of a new heart defibrillator may well save the life of one of their club members.
The took care of $1150 towards the $3500 overall cost of the machine. The rest of the money came from local service clubs.
"With an ageing membership, many who are over 60 and still play tennis, it is important that we have something like a defibrillator, just in case it is needed," Morgan said.
"We like to promote tennis as a 'life sport' or something that any age can play, and this piece of machinery gives us a little bit more peace of mind."
He said the fact that the total cost of the defibrillator was being donated also meant they could keep membership costs down and still help the chances of someone surviving a heart attack.
Statistics show there is a 5 per cent survival rate for people having a heart attack, but is was boosted to around 70 per cent when a defibrillator is used.
"These statistics are staggering and shows why we are keen to help clubs gain much-needed equipment," Mr Ward said.
The defibrillator is in addition to the ones already available at Kiama Bowling Club, Kiama Leagues Club and the Kiama Leisure Centre.