10 November 2016 | Tennis West

Manning Tennis Club named Club of the Year at WA Tennis Industry Awards Night


Manning Tennis Club was recently named Most Outstanding Club at the 2016 WA Tennis Industry Awards Night held on Friday 28 October at the State Reception Centre, Kings Park.


Winning the major award of the evening, Manning Tennis Club was a standout club in the 2015/16 year, owing to the club’s inviting culture, accessibility to the community, and implementation of Tennis Australia programs and competitive opportunities for players.


With over 150 members, the club offers year-round playing opportunities, and organises social events throughout the year designed to foster the camaraderie amongst the club and wider community.


The Club is firmly entrenched within the fabric of the local community, running midweek social competitions for both members and non-members, enabling local playgroups to use their facilities, and building relationships with nearby schools, including Clontarf Aboriginal College who hire the club’s courts for their school tennis program.  The club also actively fundraises for various charities – this year raising over $1,000 for Redkite through their Redkite Tennis Tournament.


Manning Tennis Club President, Ajay Tandon was extremely honoured for his club to be recognised with such a prestigious award


We are a club that prides itself on having something for everyone, we view ourselves not just as a tennis club but a part of the City of South Perth community. We are truly proud of our club’s achievements and humbled to be named the 2016 Most Outstanding Club” Mr Tandon said.


The Most Outstanding Club Award was one of 15 awards presented throughout the evening to a crowd of over 230 guests.


Channel 7’s, Peter Vlahos did a fantastic job of entertaining the guests all night in his role as Master of Ceremonies, whilst Headline Act Peter Rowsthorn had everyone in stitches throughout his  entire standup comedy routine.


“The WA Tennis Industry Awards provide an opportunity to celebrate tennis in Western Australia and recognise the outstanding achievements of our State’s junior and senior players, officials, coaches, volunteers, administrators and clubs” said Tennis West President, Wayne Firns


“Tennis is experiencing fantastic growth in WA at the moment and this event is a great opportunity to take stock, reflect on the achievements of everyone and enjoy each other’s company.”


Last year’s Australian Open wildcard winner, Maddison Inglis took home the Junior Tennis Star Award, which recognises a player 18/U who is ranked number 1 in their age group in WA and has a demonstrated record of playing for Australia.  Inglis continues to climb the WTA rankings whilst playing the Pro Tour Events domestically and internationally. She has represented Australia on numerous occasions most recently as the ‘Orange Girl’ with the Australian Fed Cup Team.


Laurie Apps, President of the Fremantle Lawn Tennis club was awarded the Volunteer Achievement Award after serving on the management committee of the club as President and Vice-President for over ten years. Laurie has also been the driving force behind the Fremantle Park Redevelopment Project since 2006.


Matthew Holmes, Head Coach at Reabold Tennis Club took home the Coaching Excellence – Club Award for the high level of junior development at Reabold and the larger community, with a total of 1,486 coaching participants in the last financial year across a variety of programs, including ANZ Tennis Hot Shots, private lessons, Talent ID squads, High Performance programs, FitBit Cardio Tennis, ladies coaching, beginner classes and school holiday clinics.


Despite some tough competition Wembley Primary School took out the title of Most Outstanding School, for their commitment to providing their students with an opportunity to play tennis at school as well as provide links to their local club. Every term the school offers a “Before-school tennis program” in conjunction with the Floreat Tennis Club. Through the efforts of both parties, the school has had impressive results in attracting students to the sport, with a 400% increase in attendance at this before-school program, with 235 students now attending.


All winners of the WA Tennis Industry Awards Night were nominated for their respective categories at the Newcombe Medal Australian Tennis Awards to be held at Crown Melbourne on Monday 28 November.


The full list of 2016 WA Tennis Industry Awards Winners is detailed below:


Junior Tennis Star

Maddison Inglis


Karen Bucens Award

Ella Hunt


Empire Insurance Group Coaching Excellence – Club

Matthew Holmes, Reabold Tennis Club


PAV Events Coaching Excellence – Talent Development

Ian Ketteringham, Alexander Park Tennis Club


KC Sports Most Outstanding School

Wembley Primary School


State League Champion Men’s Team

Cottesloe Tennis Club


State League Champion Women’s Team

Blue Gum Park Tennis Club


Women’s State League MVP

Kay Leigh Nicholas, North Beach Tennis Club


Men’s State League MVP

Joel Pleydell, Cottesloe Tennis Club


Event Style Most Outstanding AR Tournament

Geraldton Easter Open


Snap Burswood Excellence in Officiating

Deborah Napier


Laing O’Rourke Most Outstanding 35+ Tennis Senior

Kath Taylor, Corinthian Park TC / Tennis Seniors WA


Current Electrical Service Volunteer Achievement Award

Laurie Apps, Fremantle Lawn Tennis Club


HA Young Plumbing Service to Tennis Award

Peter O’Dea, Cottesloe Tennis Club


Sportrophy Most Outstanding Club

Manning Tennis Club



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Tennis West would like to thank all of the generous sponsors of this event:


Snap Burswood

KC Sports

PAV Events

Empire Insurance Group

HA Young Plumbing

Event Style

Current Electrical Service

Laing O’Rourke.