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2020 Review

In my first post I introduced you to the new committee, this time I would like to celebrate the good things that went on across tennis in Cornwall in 2020, even whilst so much was halted due to the Covid pandemic.

First up was Tim Webster winning the S and SW LTA Award for Regional Performance Coach. He won Cornwall’s Performance Coach of the Year at the AGM in January 2020. This meant his name went forward to compete against the winners from all the other counties in the region. In normal times he would have gone to Wimbledon to receive his award during the Championships, but instead Tennis Cornwall held a Covid compliant event at Boscawen Park with Cornwall’s LTA Councillor, Malcolm Peters, presenting Tim with his award.

Tim Webster, receiving his Regional Performance Coach of the Year award from Malcolm Peters.

Photo credit: Jon Mallet

Next came a fantastic effort from St Ives Tennis Club in finishing their new artificial clay courts. They garnered much press interest and also David Rawlinson, the LTA President, came down to admire their great effort in raising money and building these fantastic new courts.

LTA President David Rawlinson visiting St Ives Tennis Club’s new clay courts in September.

This leads neatly on to St Ives Men’s captain James Brown, pictured above, winning Volunteer of the Year at this January’s online AGM. Sue Eames in her last AGM as chair gave the online occasion a musical flair for this award to James and the next award for Coach of the Year to Ian Vigden, pictured in my first post for his new role of Coach Development Coordinator.

These two winners now have their names go forward to see if they too can win the regional award in their categories, James in Volunteer of the Year and Ian in Coach of the Year. Fingers crossed we will have another regional winner.

Take care and may tennis playing be ever closer.

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