Presented by ANZ, the Tennis ACT Awards celebrate the contribution and achievements of the tennis community in Canberra. Winners of a Tennis ACT Award in linked categories will be nominated for the Newcombe Medal, Australian Tennis Awards in their equivalent category, by Tennis ACT.
Unfortunately, the Tennis Awards will not be held in 2020. We look forward to the event returning in 2021.
Tennis ACT Award Categories
Most Outstanding Tennis Club
Tennis clubs and centres provide facilities and programs to the community that get people playing tennis. This award recognises clubs that have an inviting culture, are accessible to the public, have implemented Tennis Australia programs and have increased competitive opportunities for players.
Volunteer Achievement Award
The volunteer often goes unrewarded for the many hours of work they contribute to tennis. This award honours the volunteers within tennis who foster relationships within and between their club and the community, and recognises the contribution they make to the sport, specifically in the area of delivering more active players.
Coaching Excellence – Club
This award recognises the coaches who work within their local communities, The coach provides quality coaching programs, is actively involved in growing the game and provides competition opportunities for players to progress their game.
ACT Adult Club Player of the Year *
The adult club player of the year recognises a player who has demonstrated outstanding participation, consistent performance, and contributed to the growth and development of their club.
ACT Junior Club Player of the Year*
The junior club player of the year recognises a player who has demonstrated outstanding participation, consistent performance, and contributed to the growth and development of their club.
Most Outstanding School
Schools play an important role in the tennis community by introducing primary and secondary students to tennis and providing links to their local club and coach. This award recognises schools that have aligned with a Tennis Australia qualified coach, have a dedicated staff member assigned to tennis, have strong links with the local club and coach and have incorporated tennis part of the curriculum.
Below are closed categories and nominations will not be accepted for these awards
Junior Athlete of the Year – Female
The Junior Athlete of the Year – Female award is given to the player 18 years and under who has achieved a commendable ranking in her age group (ATP/WTA/ITF/AR), has demonstrated a record of playing for Australia and/or the ACT in teams events and has displayed a positive attitude at all times.
Junior Athlete of the Year – Male
The Junior Athlete of the Year – Male award is given to the player 18 years and under who has achieved a commendable ranking in his age group (ATP/WTA/ITF/AR), has demonstrated a record of playing for Australia and/or the ACT in teams events and has displayed a positive attitude at all times.
ACT Player of the Year
The ACT Player of the Year awarded annually to Canberra’s most outstanding elite tennis player and ambassador for the sport in the ACT.
Most Outstanding 35+ Tennis Senior
The mission of 35+ seniors tennis is to increase the playing opportunities and social interaction for tennis players of all standards over age 35. This award recognises involvement in 35+ seniors tennis as a player, administrator or both. The recipient of this award has been involved in raising the public profile of 35+ seniors tennis through demonstrated excellence in playing performance or administration, and demonstrated behaviours that exhibit a high level of integrity.
Coaching Excellence – High Performance
The high performance coach is instrumental in producing successful elite tennis players. The recipient of this award is delivering a quality, comprehensive, holistic coaching program that focuses on the technical, tactical, physical and psychological development of high performance players. In addition, the coach will currently be coaching junior and/or adult players who have achieved outstanding results and travel regularly to tournaments with his/her high performance players.
Coaching Excellence – Development
The Development Coach is instrumental in developing successful high performance tennis players. The recipient of this award is delivering a quality, comprehensive, holistic coaching program that focuses on the technical, tactical, physical and psychological development of talented athletes; primarily 14 years and under. In addition the coach will currently be coaching junior players who have achieved outstanding results, travels to tournaments with his/her players and be engaged in Project Talent initiatives.
Excellence in Officiating
Officials play an important role in tennis, and set the standards at tournaments of all levels. The recipient of this award has provided an outstanding contribution to tennis officiating in Australia through their dedication, skill, attitude and knowledge. Their performances set them apart from their peers at either a domestic or international level and they have been a positive role model for other tennis officials.
Most Outstanding Athlete with a Disability
The Most Outstanding Athlete with a Disability is awarded to a player who has performed consistently over the award period, competed at the highest level within their disability event type and has displayed a positive attitude at all times.
Most Outstanding Inclusion Initiative*
This award recognises and rewards the individuals, Clubs and Associations that go above and beyond to create accessible, welcoming and inclusive tennis opportunities for communities that may experience barriers to participation.
*ACT based award only. These awards are not associated with the Australian Tennis Awards