19 November 2020 | Tennis NSW

The NSW Community Sports Awards recognise outstanding achievements and contribution to community sport in NSW. Presented by Sport NSW, these wards are focused on community and grassroots sport, including the work largely carried out by a volunteer workforce.

In tennis we are lucky to have so many dedicated volunteers that contribute their time every year through their local tennis clubs and community events. Put simply, our sport would not exist without them.

On Wednesday November 18, the virtual awards were held online and saw two finalists from Tennis NSW represented in across several award categories. Mary Baker from Eastwood Thornleigh and the 2019 Country Championships.

We are proud to say that the 2019 Country Championships was awarded as the Community Event of the year!

The NSW Country Champs is a longstanding tournament for Junior and Adult players and has been contested since the 1920’s.This prestigious event has been previously won by the likes of Evonne Goolagong and Mark Edmondson. In 2019 over 800 participants and spectators attended
from all over Regional NSW, generating an estimated economic return of $600,000 for the greater Forster region. 2019 saw the strongest field in both numbers and standard of competitors

The event is highly regarded for its off court activities and community engagement including: coach education sessions, country coach’s catch-up, Study and Play USA presentation which highlighted development pathways and US college scholarships for players, Women in Country Brunch, Wimbledon themed welcome party, meet and greet with Tennis Country Ambassador and former professional Sam Groth, training camps run by Jasyln Hewitt, Q&A sessions with former professional players Kim Warwick and Mark Edmondson and a Pro-Am for local businesses.

Country Champs has long been regarded as a reunion for country families who travel in from Albury to Tweed Heads and Merimbula to Warren. NSW Country Tennis continually strive to create opportunities for regional NSW athletes to compete in a safe and competitive environment.

Congratulations to our award finalist Mary Baker, and to all involved in the running of the Country Championships event.