Walk of Fame
Tennis ACT has established the ACT Tennis Walk of Fame, located at the entrance to the redeveloped Canberra Tennis Centre. The Walk of Fame celebrates the rich sporting history of tennis in the ACT and its significance to the nation’s capital community.
Specifically, the Walk of Fame honours those whose exceptional contribution has brought recognition and esteem to them and to tennis in the Australian Capital Territory. Commemoration is by way of signage and inscribed pavers at the main entry gates to the Canberra Tennis Centre. There will also be framed display certificates inside the Centre and acknowledgements within Tennis ACT publications.
2016 WALK OF FAME INDUCTEES
Ken Willis, OAM
The three tennis legends were formally inducted at the 2016 Tennis ACT Awards Celebration event on Saturday 10 September 2016.
2017 Walk of Fame nominations are now open
Selection is based upon, but not limited to, outstanding player record, coaching achievement, volunteer service to tennis and/or other exceptionally noteworthy accomplishments. Consideration is given to the individual’s contribution to tennis in the ACT and nearby NSW over a substantial period of time.
Nominations may include coaches, volunteers, players, umpires and others who have made outstanding contributions to tennis in the ACT.
Nominees must have been residents of the ACT or nearby NSW at or before their selection for a period of not less than 5 years. Nominees need not be a resident of the ACT or nearby NSW at the time of their nomination but must have been a resident at the time of the activities upon which their nomination is based. Nominations can cover any period since the origins of tennis in Canberra and its surrounds.
Nominations must be received by the end of February each year. If they are received after that date, they will automatically go to the next year’s consideration. Nominations will stay on file for five years for re-consideration each year. Nominations may be made by any member of Tennis ACT and should address the specified nomination criteria and be submitted to [email protected].
A letter acknowledging the Nomination will be sent to the Nominator.
Evidence of outstanding player record could include achievements at local, interstate, national and international events either as an individual or part of a team. Quality of opponents and status of the event may be factors taken into account in assessing the merit of any nomination. Any awards or recognition of achievement may be taken into consideration as demonstration of recognition and esteem.
Coaching achievement may take into consideration not only the development of players who achieve outstanding results in tournaments at junior and senior level but also their general contribution to introduction of participants in their coaching programs to Tennis ACT activities and tournaments as well as their personal contribution to the advancement of tennis in the ACT.
For volunteers and others, nominations should provide evidence of service to tennis in the ACT and/or nearby NSW that has contributed to the development and advancement of the sport. This may include participation in high level committees, officiating at major events or undertaking specific tasks of particular significance. Long periods of service at a local club would not necessarily demonstrate the qualities for successful nomination to the Walk of Fame.
Existing and future life members of Tennis ACT are eligible to be nominated for the Walk of Fame. Such nominations will be assessed in the same manner as other nominations.
The Board of Directors has appointed a Nominations Committee to examine nominations and to make recommendations to the Board. The Board may nominate individuals to be assessed by the Committee in addition to any nominations made by members of Tennis ACT.
The general public can also become involved by donating a paver to the Walk of Fame. Pavers can have individual or family names inscribed to recognise donations. For further information about making a donation, please click here