Awards spread around the county

Wiltshire LTA honoured their local stars as part of the annual British Tennis Awards during their annual general meeting, with president Sir Geoffrey Owen on hand to present the prizes.

Ramsbury Tennis Club collected two awards, winning ‘Club of the Year’ for their first-class programmes and excellent facilities and club president Ethel Hutchings collected the ‘Outstanding Achievement’ award for her many years of dedicated service to tennis in Ramsbury and Wiltshire.

The ‘Coach of the Year’ was awarded to Sam Hull from Marshfield TC who has developed a varied programme at the club, while the ‘Volunteer of the Year’ accolade went to Liz Lewis for her work as club secretary at Royal Wootton Bassett TC.

The Delta Tennis Centre in Swindon collected the ‘Disability Programme’ award for the second year running and the ‘Community Venue’ award went to Trowbridge Town Park where the newly launched courts have been a huge success for the local community.

The South Wilts Grammar School for Girls in Salisbury won the ‘Education’ accolade for their link with their local venue, Victoria Park, and Roger Witt from Salisbury TC won ‘Official of the Year’ for his exceptional refereeing.

The ‘Tournament’ award was presented to the Minety TC Open Mixed tournament which raised nearly £10,000 for charity this year.

The awards are a joint initiative between the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA), the Tennis Foundation and 40 county and national tennis associations, including the Wiltshire LTA.

The winners now go through to a regional judging panel with regional winners announced in April.

Wiltshire LTA also presented a county award, in addition to the British Tennis Awards, for ‘Player of the Year’ and this went to 14-year-old Amelia Bissett from Devizes. The Team Bath star has had an amazing year – she started 2017 with an ITF under-18 world ranking of 1,500 but has now reached 332 after competing around the world in ITF tournaments.

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