Launceston, Tasmania, 31 August 2019 | Tennis Tasmania

Geilston Bay Tennis Club was the big winner at the 2019 Tasmanian Tennis Awards, scooping the prestigious Most Outstanding Club award at a gala presentation evening at Country Club Launceston tonight.

The Hobart-based club received three awards, with Geilston Bay Tennis Club coach Tony Blom winning the Coaching Excellence award for a fourth consecutive year and club member Mike Hodge recognised with the Volunteer Achievement Award.

Tennis Tasmania General Manager Darren Sturgess congratulated the club on its success.

“The quality of the nominations we received this year was higher than ever, so all credit to Geilston Bay Tennis Club on its three awards,” Sturgess said.

“The club is setting the benchmark in offering more opportunities to play and being proactive in attracting new members. They should be proud of the great work they are doing. They certainly deserve these accolades.”

Burnie Tennis Club also had a successful evening, collecting two awards. The Burnie International was recognised as Most Outstanding Professional Tournament, with Burnie’s Shaun Summers named Most Outstanding Senior.

Australian tennis legend Neale Fraser – a 19-time Grand Slam champion who served as Australia’s Davis Cup captain for a record 24 years – was a special guest at the Tasmanian Tennis Awards presentation evening. The 85-year-old entertained with stories from his career.

“It was a brilliant evening and a great way to celebrate a big year in Tasmanian tennis,” Sturgess said.

“Total participation numbers across the state are up an incredible 15 per cent on last year and that positive momentum has been evident this weekend. As well as the award presentations, there has also been social play opportunities and club workshops.

“There is a lot of excitement about the opportunities to continue to grow the sport as we approach another big summer of tennis.”

2019 Tasmanian Tennis Awards 
Most Outstanding Club, sponsored by Southern Cross Austereo Geilston Bay Tennis Club
Most Outstanding School Devonport Primary School
Volunteer Achievement Award, sponsored by Houston’s Farm Mike Hodge, Geilston Bay Tennis Club
Male Junior Athlete of the Year Sam Edgar, Domain Tennis Centre
Female Junior Athlete of the Year, sponsored by Denis Tucker Charlotte Ingram, Domain Tennis Centre
Most Outstanding Senior 35+ Shaun Summers, Burnie Tennis Club
Most Outstanding Athlete with a Disability Kelly Binns, Australian Italian Tennis Club
Most Outstanding Australian Ranking Tournament SRT Logistics Clarence Open
Most Outstanding Professional Tournament Caterpillar Burnie International
Coaching Excellence Tony Blom, Geilston Bay Tennis Club
Excellence in Officiating Sam Beckett

All award winners are now in contention for an Australian Tennis Award in their respective categories. Finalists from will be announced later this year, ahead of the Newcombe Medal held in Melbourne in December.