13 September 2018 | Tennis Victoria

Tennis Victoria is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2018 Victorian Tennis Awards, to be presented at the Tennis Victoria Champions Dinner on Monday 22 October.

Now in its seventh year, the Victorian Tennis Awards include the coveted Most Outstanding Club or Centre as well as awards for Volunteer Achievement, Coaching Excellence, Most Outstanding School, Most Outstanding Tournament and Junior Athlete of the Year.

For the third year, Local Government Area’s continue to be recognised with the awarding of the Supporting Tennis – Local Government Award. Congratulations to the City of Boroondara, Hume City Council and Wyndham City Council on being named a finalist.

In a first for the Victorian Tennis Awards, West Lalor Tennis Club is heavily represented with a finalist in three categories – Most Outstanding Club or Centre, Volunteer Achievement and Coaching Excellence.

Kyvalley Tennis Club, after folding for 5 years brought themselves out of extinction through the work of some dedicated champions of the club. The population of Kyvalley is 329 and the club has 260 members. Being nominated as finalist of the Victorian Tennis Awards is a testament to the hard work of the volunteers of the Kyvalley Tennis Club.

Gippsland proved it is a strong area for tournaments with two of the three finalists being from the region. Traralgon Tennis Association and Maffra Lawn Tennis Club will go up against Boroondara Tennis Centre’s Schoolboys and Schoolgirls Championship.

The winners of the Victorian Tennis Awards are forwarded as nominations to be considered for the Australian Tennis Awards that are presented at the Newcombe Medal later this year.

2018 Victorian Tennis Award Finalists

Most Outstanding Club or Centre
– Elsternwick Park Tennis Centre
– Kyvalley Tennis Club
– West Brunswick Tennis Club
– West Lalor Tennis Club
– Victorian Tennis Academy

Coaching Excellence – Club or Centre
– Yvonne Fantin – West Lalor Tennis Club
– Vicky Lee – Doncaster Tennis Club
– Adrian Muscillo – Eildon Park Tennis Club
– Tim Walter – Elsternwick Park Tennis Club

Volunteer Achievement
– Heather Carr – Maryborough Tennis Centre
– Sally Kaptein – Castlemaine Lawn Tennis Centre
– Andrew MacNeill – West Lalor Tennis Club
– Aaron Sharpe – Doutta Galla Tennis Club & NSJTA
– Donald Smith – Oakleigh Tennis Club

Most Outstanding School
– Aitken Creek Primary School
– Clayton North Primary School
– Mernda Primary School

Most Outstanding Tournament
– AGL Loy Yang Traralgon International, Traralgon Tennis Association
– 92nd Maffra Easter Tournament, Maffra Lawn Tennis Club
– 2017 Victorian Schoolboys and Schoolgirls Championships, Boroondara Tennis Centre

Supporting Tennis – Local Government Recognition
– City of Boroondara
– Hume City Council
– Wyndham City Council

Most Outstanding 35+ Tennis Senior
– Glenn Busby
– Andrew Rae
– Robert Hughes

Most Outstanding Athlete with a Disability
– Heath Davidson
– Adam Fayad
– Carla Lenarduzzi

Junior Athlete of the Year – Female
– Destanee Aiava
– Joy Andreou
– Jasmin Starr

Junior Athlete of the Year – Male
– Ken Cavrak
– Riley Dumsday
– Cooper White

Excellence in Officiating
– Susan Bissett
– Rosemary Goodman
– Tom Sweeney

Most Outstanding Competition
– Liston Tennis Club ANZ Tennis Hot Shots Match Play
– Mildura Lawn Tennis Club Corporate Twilight
– Morton Cup, Warrnambool Lawn Tennis Club

Victorian Spirit of Tennis
Announced on the night