The annual Tennis SA Awards Night was held on Friday 21 November 2014. Over 250 people came together to celebrate the success of our elite athletes and recognise the great work that our Clubs, Coaches and Volunteers are doing in the tennis community. Todd Woodbridge was the guest speaker and entertained the crowd with some great stories from his playing days. Congratulations to not only all winners, but to all who were nominated.
Nick Altman, Jeff Penfold and Peter Carter Awards
These awards recognise the male and female player of the year across the 12&Under, 14&Under and 16&Under age groups. The criterion for the award recognises an individual’s best performances as well as being regarded as the complete sportsperson.
12&Under Boy: Jasper Benson
14&Under Boy: Stefan Norodom
16&Under Boy: Daniel Hobart
12&Under Girl: Natasha Russell
14&Under Girl: Selina Turulja
16&Under Girl: Petra Hule
Don Turnbull Trophy
Awarded to the best male tennis player under the age of 18 in South Australia.
Gwen Thiele Trophy
Awarded to the best female tennis player under the age of 18 in South Australia.
Cooper Alehouse Metro State League Awards
Female Player of the Year: Michelle Leyden, Memorial Drive Tennis Club
Male Player of the Year: Martin Richards, Broadview Tennis Club
Volunteer of the Year
This award recognises the outstanding achievement and contributions performed by a volunteer towards the growth and development of the game of tennis. It recognises the commitment, time and effort that volunteers provide in ensuring we have the opportunity to participate in the game of tennis.
In 2014, this award was jointly won by Rick Bailey (Tod St Tennis Club and Gawler and District Tennis Association) and Joanna Overbeek (Port Adelaide Tennis Club).
Coach of the Year
This award recognises the outstanding achievements and contributions performed by a tennis coach towards the growth and development of the game of tennis. It recognises and acknowledges the significance of the coaches’ role in ensuring a successful junior development program and a sustainable future for the Club and its Association.
Many worthy nominations were received for this category in 2014. This led to a decision to award joint winners: one recognising a coach who excels in the area of high performance/talent development and one acknowledging a coach who does great work through the grassroots programs at a local level. Moving forward, we will look to see if this is something we can offer every year to ensure coaches of all levels are being recognised.
In 2014, this award was jointly won by Ben Milner and Andrew Waters.
Club of the Year
These awards recognise the outstanding achievement in the development of effective management practices of affiliated Clubs and innovative approaches in the provision of services to their membership base and the local community.
Metropolitan Club of the Year: Seaside Tennis Club
Country Club of the Year: Hilltown Tennis Club
Excellence in Officiating
Awards to an outstanding tennis official who exemplifies great technique and a willingness to continually improve their skills.
Burr Medal and Boyce Medal
The Burr and Boyce Awards are presented to the best and fairest male and female players who are based, and play most of their tennis in South Australia. The winning players will have demonstrated a high win-loss ratio during the past season, participate with good results in local tournaments and display good sportsmanship qualities during the year.
The Burr and Boyce Awards are the most prestigious awards for players in the state.
Boyce Medal: Nicole Collie
Boyce Medal: Darren Polkinghorne