Wiltshire is delighted to announce the local heroes who are honoured as part of the British Tennis Awards. The winners received their awards and prizes at the County Awards Ceremony on Tuesday 4th December and the awards were presented by Sir Geoffrey Owen, Wiltshire Tennis President.
Pewsey TC collected 2 awards winning the Club of the Year for their first class facilities and varied programmes and Keith Hampson was named the Volunteer of the Year for his significant impact as Match Secretary at Pewsey TC .
The Coach of the Year was awarded to Rebecca Prince from Wanborough TC who has demonstrated quality on-court delivery and developed a fantastic and varied coaching programme at her club.
The Lifetime Achievement Award went to Barbara Jones from Marlborough TC for being an inspirational role model over many years of dedicated service to tennis in Marlborough.
The Delta Tennis Centre in Swindon collected the Disability Programme award for the third year running for providing quality, accessible and affordable opportunities for people with a disability to play tennis.
The Community Venue Award went to Trowbridge Town Park for the second year running for having a strong presence in the local community and running a community programme inclusive of all ages, abilities and backgrounds.
The St Marys Calne Tennis Academy won the Education Award for its varied tennis programme of coaching and competitions for students of all abilities.
The Young Person of the Year Award went to David Morris from Royal Wootton Bassett TC who has made a tremendous impact at his club and is a great role model for all juniors.
The Tournament Award was awarded to the Minety TC Open tournament. This event is now in its 5th year and is run in conjunction with the local Macmillan Cancer support committee and raised over £4,000 for charity.
Roger Henry, Wiltshire Tennis Tennis Chairman commented: “The standard of the entries was really high and we’d like to congratulate all of the winners for their achievement. The judges had a tough job to select winners due to the overwhelming contribution made at tennis venues across the county. It is heartening to award those who put so much effort behind offering great tennis opportunities for all in Wiltshire.”
The awards are a joint initiative between The Lawn Tennis Association (LTA), the Tennis Foundation, partner and 40 County/ national tennis associations, including Wiltshire. The Awards recognise and champion the people who deliver tennis in communities across Great Britain.
The local list of Wiltshire winners are below:
- Club of the Year Award – Pewsey Tennis Club
- Coach of the Year Award – Rebecca Prince (Wanborough TC)
- Community Venue Award – Trowbridge Town Park
- Disability Programme Award – Delta Tennis Centre
- Education Award – St Marys Calne Tennis Academy
- Volunteer of the Year Award – Keith Hampson (Pewsey TC)
- Competition of the Year – The Minety Open Tournament
- Lifetime Achievement Award – Barbara Jones (Marlborough TC)
- Young Person Award – David Morris (Royal Wootton Bassett TC)
The winners now go through to a regional judging panel with regional winners announced in April. The national ceremony will be held in London in June/July 2019.
Wiltshire Tennis also presented two additional County awards in addition to the British tennis Awards for Player of the Year and Team of the Year.
The Team of the Year was presented to Becky Prince, Captain of the Wiltshire 12U Girls Team for finishing a fantastic 3rd in the Country at the Junior County Cup.
The Player of the Year was awarded to Lewis Fletcher from Ramsbury TC. Lewis has had a tremendous year and is the most experienced Deaf player in GB having competed for 19 years internationally. Lewis is currently number 1 nationally for singles and doubles and recently competed in the World Deaf Team Tennis Team Championships in Antalya, Turkey and along with his partner, helped Great Britain win the silver medal.
Many congratulations to all the winners.