The hard work and dedication of volunteers, coaches, and players across Wales will be celebrated at the annual Tennis Wales awards.
Judges have shortlisted finalists in nine categories for the awards night to be held at Village Urban, St David’s Park Hotel in Ewloe, Flintshire.on Saturday 24th January 2015.
Special guests will include Ken Skates AM, the Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism, Cathie Sabin, the first female President of the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA), and Jon Morgan, Director of Disability Sport Wales.
The awards evening will be hosted by tennis enthusiast and former TV presenter Arfon Haines-Davies.
“This is always one of the highlights of the tennis year in Wales,” said Tennis Wales chief executive, Peter Drew. “It’s a time to reflect on our successes and to reward those who make it possible for thousands of people of all ages to enjoy this great sport at so many venues and in so many forms all over Wales.”
The finalists are:
Volunteer of the Year:
Andrew Loveridge (Mold TC), Paul Daley (Mackintosh LTC) and Sue Lawrence (Montgomery TC).
Young Volunteer of the Year:
David and Sam Thorp (Newtown TC), Frances Louise Smith (Arfon TC) and Molly Abell (Newport Tennis Centre).
Performance Coach of the Year:
Becca Strelzyn (David Lloyd Cardiff), Cameron Upton (Wrexham Tennis Centre) and Chris Lewis (Cardiff Metropolitan Uni).
Development Coach of the Year:
David Williams (Swansea Tennis and Squash Club), Jonathan Jones (Prestatyn LTC) and Rhys Morgan (Mackintosh LTC).
Club/Centre of the Year:
Montgomery Tennis Club, Pen-y-ffordd Tennis Club and Radyr Lawn Tennis Club.
Team of the Year:
Howells School Senior Tennis Team, North Wales U12 Girls and South Wales Men’s.
Club Team of the Year:
Cardiff Castle Ladies 3rd, Newtown Men’s A Team and Rhiwbina Men’s First Team
Player of the Year:
Josh Milton, Matthew Story and Ricky Hernandez Tong (All Cardiff Metropolitan University).
Flintshire CBC, and Wrexham CBC.
There will also be an award for the Outstanding Contribution to Tennis in Wales.
Tickets for the event, which includes a three-course meal, are available now from Tennis Wales.
Information on all aspects of tennis in Wales is available from Tennis Wales at 029 20 463335 or www.lta.org.uk/in-your-area/Wales/ and for regular updates follow Tennis Wales on Twitter @tenniswales